Platform economy initiatives

03 February 2021

This section of Eurofound’s web repository on the platform economy aims to provide an overview of the various initiatives that exist or that have been implemented in relation to activities in the platform economy. As the platform economy itself is very heterogeneous, so are these initiatives. Therefore, Eurofound takes a broad understanding of ‘initiative’, which can be approximated as any organised attempt to:

  • manage platform economy based activities in order to ensure compliance with rules and regulations (for example, in August 2018, the city of Vienna announced a cooperation with an accommodation platform to ensure tax compliance of its users);
  • any non-institutionalised attempt to provide ancillary support services for platform workers, platform companies or clients (for example, workers providing each other trouble shooting assistance on a forum);
  • any proposed or undertaken action with the aim of representing actors in the platform economy in the public or political sphere (for example, Deliveroo bike couriers forming a ‘Riders Union’).

The overview organises initiatives by their function. As some initiatives have more than one function, they can occur under several headings.

This overview presents a list of initiatives known to Eurofound and does not by any means claim to be exhaustive. Furthermore, the following does not constitute any assessment of initiatives either by including them or absenting them from the list. The descriptions of the initiatives use the terms denoted by the initiatives themselves to describe their area of operation, for example ‘sharing economy’, the ‘collaborative economy’, the ‘platform economy’ or otherwise.

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The WageIndicator Foundation, an organisation that collects and compares information on wages, labour law and career information, has created a section dedicated to the...

The Internet of Ownership – Directory lists platforms that share ownership and governance, as well as those that support such platforms. The directory distinguishes between ‘platform co-ops’,...

Sharing Cities Alliance is a network of cities, represented by mayors, deputy mayors and city officials from across the world, to discuss how the development of the...

The German Crowdsourcing Association (DCV) provides information to its members, which may be individual persons, companies and/or organisations and functions as an advocacy group on...

Suomen Yrittäjät (SY) is a business organisation representing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their owners in Finland. It offers its members lobbying and counselling services, and...

Jakamistalousinfo.fi (Sharing Economy Information) is a website administered by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (MEAE) in Finland. The website was launched in...

The EU Observatory on the Online Platform Economy monitors and analyses the latest development in the online platform economy to advise and support the European Commission in its policy-...

The Future of Work Institute (FoW Institute) is an initiative established by AppJobs, a free job search website that facilitates job seekers with...

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