Platform economy initiatives

03 februari 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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Liefern am Limit is an initiative that represents platform workers in the food delivery industry.

In 2018, nearly 50 cities across the world signed a declaration introducing a set of principles in relation to the platform economy. The principles are aimed at local administration and include the differentiation between different...

In 2016, the Norwegian government appointed the Sharing Economy Committee. Since then, the Committee suggested several measures to ensure and simplify taxation of platform work and an online portal on rights and duties for platforms,...

CoopCycle is the European federation of bicycle delivery cooperatives. Democratically governed by cooperatives, it is based on solidarity between them and allows them to reduce their costs through...

Syndicom, the Swiss trade union for media and communication sectors, and Mila, a platform providing repair and tech services, signed a code of conduct in February 2019. It is the first such code in...

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’,...

The Crowdworking Monitor is a research project with the purpose of investigating size, socio-demographics and characteristics of the...

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...

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