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October 18, 2018

The Good Work Charter

The Good Work Charter provides an organising framework for aspiration, alignment and action to shape a fairer future of better work. It sets out ten fundamental principles of ‘good work’ – work that promotes dignity, autonomy and equality; work that has fair pay and conditions; work where people are properly supported to develop their talents and have a sense of community.

The principles may be applied by different actors – government, industry, academia and civil society – at different levels. The principles are interdependent and interrelated – seeking improvement in one area (e.g. conditions), is likely to support improvement in others (e.g. wellbeing). The Charter is intended to support systematic review and development over time in each principle area.

The Institute’s Good Work Monitor explores the social and economic conditions needed to shape future ‘good work’, and demonstrates the link between good quality work, wellbeing and resilience. And the Institute’s Good Work Time Series demonstrates a link between dimensions of good quality work, making an empirical case to build a future of good work.

Orientation towards building ‘good work’ across the dimensions of the Charter will support individual and collective flourishing as the world of work transforms.

Developing the Good Work Charter

The Good Work Charter was initiated by a cross-disciplinary group of experts, using the Delphi method, and developed by the Institute for the Future of Work with three evidence reviews, workshops, a public dialogue and a call for evidence.

Using the Good Work Charter

If you are an employer...

You can use the Charter to help understand changes to work and work quality and make improvements in key areas. See for example: CIPD guidance on how employers can adopt technology to optimise job quality and business outcomes, and the Institute for the Future of Work’s accompanying case for importance.

If you are a technology developer...

You can use the Charter as a checklist of the impacts of introducing new technologies on work and workers to help you design, develop and deploy responsible, human-centred technology. See for example: this case study of how the European Robotics Industry is using the Charter.

If you are a union...

You can use the Charter to guide partnership working through transition in the best interests of your members. See for example: Guidance from Community Trade Union on taking a partnership approach to the use of technology at work.

If you are a policymaker...

You can use the Charter to help promote future good work as a central, cross-cutting policy objective. See for example: the Future of Work Commission’s rapid review of the world of work after COVID-19.

If you are a regulator...

You can use the Charter as a checklist of areas that should be considered as part of evaluating and monitoring the impact of new technologies on work and workers. See for example:  Research with the ICO into fairness in employment AI decisions.

If you are an investor...

You can use the Charter as a framework for considering the dimensions of ‘good work’ as part of impact  investment. See for example: the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Future of Work’s suggested amendment to the Financial Services Bill proposing consideration of the Charter principles.

If you are a researcher...

You can use the Charter as a framework to organise research on the future of work. See for example: Part 2 of The Amazonian Era: The gigification of work.

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Author

Institute for the Future of Work

Publication type

Policy Brief

Programme

Changing work

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