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.
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 many different partners including homeworker’s associations, cooperatives, and unions as well as NGOs who are helping homeworkers establish new organisations.
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.
We are currently carrying out an initial mapping process of the textiles and garment industry within Greater Manchester. The aim of this research is to improve the sustainability of the industry in the UK, so that it can provide secure livelihoods and decent working condition for workers involved in these subcontracting chains.
At this stage we’re collecting any information about the production and distribution of textiles and garments in the region, so please get in touch via our Get Involved page if you can help.
Sharing knowledge and experience
We share our expertise with organisations and companies who want to work with homeworkers in order to improve their conditions. We 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 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 collaboration.