Platform economy initiatives

03 Februar 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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Feel à vélo is a bicycle delivery service operating since 2016 in Lorient, France. It carries out deliveries of parcels, groceries and meals by means of ...

Les Coursiers Brestois is a platform cooperative in Brest, France. The cooperative aims to establish a local collective and delivery service, which...

KOOGLOF! is a cyclo-logistics cooperative company located in Strasbourg, France. Its approach is to create a local and ethical alternative to large platforms. ...

The Initiative Emploi is a cooperative based in Haut-de-Seine, France. Since its creation in 1987, Initiative Emploi has worked towards ‘employment...

The Coursiers Nancéiens is a cooperative in Nance, France. The objective of the association is to provide ethical, solidary, ecological and...

Beefast is a cooperative of bicycle couriers in Amiens, France. The couriers deliver meals as well as other packages by relying on solely eco-friendly means...

Created in 2010, ReAct is a not-for-profit association and...

Established in 2020, ...

Indépendants.co is a union of self-employed workers in France. Launched in February 2020, it collectivises and represents self-employed workers. The...

La Cour Cyclette is a cooperative that provides a public space located in Val-de-Marne near Paris, where visitors can consume and purchase short-...

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