What We Do
HWW works to support homeworkers and their organisations in their struggle for rights and respect. We do this in a number of ways, and have recently produced a new strategy document, setting out what we plan to achieve by 2022 (subject to successful fundraising!)
Homeworkers are very rarely organised. We believe that supporting and building homeworkers’ organisations is crucial in order to build solidarity and strength to fight exploitation. We work with different partners including homeworker’s
associations, cooperatives, and unions as well as NGOs who are helping homeworkers establish new organisations. We are keen to hear from new potential partners, that are either currently working with homeworkers or keen to develop
Homeworking takes place in a huge range of sectors and a vast number of countries, but despite different contexts, many of the issues facing homeworkers are similar around the world. Homeworkers and their organisations can therefore learn a lot from each other and sharing experiences and knowledge is vital. HWW works to link homeworker organisations and to develop international solidarity.
Campaigning for change
HWW conducts advocacy campaigns for better regulation of supply chains so that homeworkers rights are respected, and consumer campaigns targeting companies to pressure them to improve conditions in their supply chains.
We conduct, share and contribute to research that improves the understanding of homeworking issues and raises the visibility of homeworkers.
Sharing knowledge and experience
We share our expertise with organisations and companies who want to work with homeworkers in order to improve their conditions. Through our current Hidden Homeworkers project, working in partnership with Traidcraft and Homenet SouthAsia and co-funded by the European Comunity, we have capacity to support brands sourcing apparel and footwear from India, Pakistan and Nepal to extend their supply chain monitoring beyond first tier suppliers to reach hidden workers including homeworkers. We can support companies in developing Homeworker Policies, and can provide advice on how to fully involve homeworkers in any initiatives which will affect them. We are keen to share our knowledge and experience with brands and multi-stakeholder initiatives, and at conferences, workshops, training events etc. Guidance and tools are freely available in our resources section, and we are happy to discuss more specific advice and