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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Sharing Economy UK represents platforms and businesses operating in the platform economy in the UK. When members join, they sign up to a code of conduct which sets standards for staff...

The Fairwork Foundation is a project that is working to set and measure standards in the platform economy.

In 2017, several German-based platforms undersigned a Code of Conduct for crowdsourcing and crowdworking, which is supported by the ...

Sharing España, a collective of companies in the platform economy, has prepared a document that includes 13 principles and...

The Bill on Transport Mobility (‘Loi LOM’) has the objective of improving social rights and working conditions of platform workers in the transport sector, as well as improving their right to lifelong learning and increasing legal...

Under the new law of California Assembly Bill No. 5, many rideshare drivers and other independent contractors working in the ride hailing...

The Independent Deliverymens’ Collective in Paris Collectif des Livreurs Autonomes de Paris, CLAP), is a self-organised food delivery rider group. In July 2018, the collective...

In August 2016, the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) assisted a group of Deliveroo riders during their six days of strike action and protests against changes to pay (announced reduction of the hourly pay during quieter...

In July 2017, there was a strike of hundreds of Deliveroo riders in Spain, halting work for a few hours to take part in...

In January 2018, about 80 workers affiliated to the food delivery platform Deliveroo went on strike in major cities in the Netherlands...

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