Platform economy initiatives

03 Février 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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In 2014 in France, creative professionals called on the government to regulate crowd employment in an online petition called ‘Free Labour’ (Travail Gratuit). The petition addressed the lack...

Manifest for intelligent, innovative and quality work is a document drafted by Adigital, an association representing the country’s leading  work platforms...

ShareNL is a knowledge and networking platform for actors in the collaborative and sharing economy. The organisation looks into developments in the collaborative economy and shares its insights...

SharingEspaña (SHES) is a collective of companies operating in the platform economy in Spain which aims to act ‘in defence of the development and reputation of the collaborative...

Sharing Economy Ireland is an association of local and international ‘technology-enabled’ member organisations operational in Ireland. The association formed in November 2016 with the...

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...

Airbnb is helping to connect medical professionals on the frontline with hosts offering free places to stay during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is done on a voluntary basis, that is, hosts are not paid by Airbnb for providing the service...

Uber has launched several initiatives to support drivers and delivery people. Amongst others, the platform highlights the provision of face masks, cleaning supplies and hand sanitisers, 14 days of financial assistance to those diagnosed...

Platform workers who are working during the pandemic are either struggling to get proper protection from their companies or to make ends meet due to a drop in demand for services....

Italian General Confederation of Labour (Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro, CGIL) launched its New job identities (Nuove Identità di Lavoro,...

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