Quality Work and Economic Security
We focus on strengthening public policies and business practices that improve labor standards and working conditions so that all people have access to good jobs and livelihoods. In the U.S., for example, this includes advocacy to raise the minimum wage, guarantee paid sick days, and ensure fair scheduling practices. It also includes organizing to build workers’ voice, power, and influence—both broadly, and in large and growing sectors of the economy that are key to improving job quality for disadvantaged men and women, including domestic, caregiving, and restaurant work. These efforts emphasize broadly shared, universal protections and opportunity, but their effects are especially powerful for the most vulnerable. We are also exploring how changing labor market dynamics, such as the growth of the on-demand economy, are impacting a wide range of workers and their livelihoods.
Complementing that focus on good work, our efforts to ensure that families can save, build assets, and manage their finances safely focus on curbing predatory financial practices through robustly enforced consumer protections. In the financial services industry, we support the adoption of business practices that are good for social justice and the bottom line.
We also work to create a strong and inclusive system of social protections that is responsive to the needs of today’s families and workplaces. This includes advocacy for policies such as family and medical leave, quality affordable childcare, and long-term care insurance, which enable people to be responsible family members and productive workers.
In the global South, we similarly work to expand access to good work and livelihoods, with efforts that include expanding access to capital and other entrepreneurial supports, enhancing labor standards in global supply chains, and supporting worker organization and advocacy.