SOURCE: National Domestic Workers Alliance

National Domestic Workers Alliance

National Domestic Workers Alliance

November 13, 2015 06:00 ET

The Good Work Code for the Online Economy Announces First 12 Companies Leading for Good Work for Workers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - November 13, 2015) - The Good Work Code, an initiative of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, is today announcing the first 12 supporting companies at the O'Reilly Media summit Next:Economy: What's the Future of Work. The Good Work Code is an initiative to promote the creation of good work in the online economy through 8 values that are the foundation of good work: Safety, Stability & Flexibility, Transparency, Shared Prosperity, A Livable Wage, Inclusion and Input, Support & Connection, and Growth & Development.

Through the Good Work Code, NDWA seeks to promote leadership amongst tech companies actively working to make the online economy a good place to work. Supporting companies publicly endorse the 8 values of the Good Work Code, and commit to further operationalizing two values through their company's practices. The first twelve supporting companies are:

  • Managed by Q: on-demand office services
  • Care.com: largest online destination for finding and managing family care
  • LeadGenius: digital research teams, targeting underemployed workers
  • SamaSchool: job training for the digital economy
  • VetPronto: on-demand house call veterinarians
  • Unlimited Labs: solutions (e.g. design, data science, copywriting) provided by teams of online experts empowered by machines
  • SketchDeck: design on demand
  • CareLinx: online marketplace for caregivers
  • Amara: collaborative platform for captioning, subtitling and translating video
  • Peers: building a portable benefits platform
  • DoorDash: on-demand delivery from local restaurants and merchants
  • workgeni.us: making full-time jobs from part-time work

"The conversation about work in the new economy has been dominated by lawsuits, academic commentary and sensationalism around disruption and valuations," said Palak Shah, Social Innovations Director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance. "We believe the new economy is creating opportunities to reinvent work, but we need to ensure the end goal is work that is good for workers. We're excited to be joined by innovative companies that believe the future of work should be good work. The DNA of this new economy is still being written, and it's up to us to invent a future that works for all of us."

The National Domestic Workers Alliance created the Good Work Code initiative in response to the intersection of domestic workers and Silicon Valley with the growth of online marketplaces and platforms that market domestic work (e.g. nannies, cleaners, caregivers.) As online economy workers began to experience the same issues domestic workers have struggled with for years -- low wages, unstable income, lack of benefits -- the organization recognized that by intervening early we can guide the new economy towards creating good work.

Palak Shah will be discussing the Good Work Code, the first supporting companies and their initiatives today at the Next:Economy Conference on a panel titled "The Good Jobs Strategy" with Zeynep Ton, Associate Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management and Dan Teran, co-founder of Managed by Q.

About the National Domestic Workers Alliance

The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation's leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. Domestic workers, most whom are women of color, include nannies, housecleaners, and caregivers that take care of seniors and people living with disabilities. Founded in 2007, NDWA works for the respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers. It has won state domestic workers' bill of rights in five states including New York, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Oregon and recently partnered with Care.com to raise labor standards in the private care sector. The National Alliance is powered by 53 affiliate organizations -- plus its first local chapter in Atlanta -- of over 15,000 domestic workers in 37 cities and 18 states.

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