Economic and Labor Rights

Supporting the right to desirable work, which includes the right to free choice of employment, safe conditions and just remuneration, protection against unemployment, reasonable access to rest and leisure, and equal pay for equal work. This right also protects against forced labor, exploitative labor, child labor, and labor discrimination. It also incorporates the right to free association (that is, to form labor unions) and to pursue collective bargaining.

6%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$104.8 Million out of
$1.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. National Endowment for Democracy $16.25 M
  2. Anonymous $13.41 M
  3. Ford Foundation $8.57 M
  4. Open Society Foundations $8.14 M
  5. Public Welfare Foundation $7.38 M
  6. Bloomberg Philanthropies $3.75 M
  7. Hivos $3.66 M
  8. Humanity United $2.17 M
  9. The San Francisco Foundation $2.10 M
  10. The Kresge Foundation $1.89 M
  11. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $1.78 M
  12. The California Endowment $1.63 M
  13. Marguerite Casey Foundation $1.43 M
  14. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $1.34 M
  15. NoVo Foundation $1.25 M
  16. Surdna Foundation $1.23 M
  17. Mama Cash $1.13 M
  18. Howard G. Buffett Foundation $1.02 M
  19. Arcus Foundation $1.00 M
  20. Levi Strauss Foundation $0.94 M
  21. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $0.90 M
  22. Esmee Fairbairn Foundation $0.76 M
  23. American Jewish World Service $0.73 M
  24. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $0.71 M
  25. The Rockefeller Foundation $0.71 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

3%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$100.7 Million out of
$3.5 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. United States $56.38 M
  2. Norway $12.12 M
  3. Canada $7.84 M
  4. European Union Institutions $5.39 M
  5. Sweden $4.57 M
  6. Belgium $4.26 M
  7. Germany $3.08 M
  8. Spain $1.90 M
  9. Switzerland $1.59 M
  10. France $1.20 M
  11. Finland $1.06 M
  12. Netherlands $0.61 M
  13. Denmark $0.27 M
  14. Japan $0.13 M
  15. New Zealand $0.13 M
  16. Italy $0.11 M
  17. United Kingdom $0.06 M
  18. Austria $0.03 M
  19. Korea $0.01 M
  20. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$19,460,389 (19%)
177 Grants (17%)

Caribbean

$1,322,229 (1%)
10 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$6,470,067 (6%)
63 Grants (6%)

Global Programs

$5,547,897 (5%)
38 Grants (4%)

Latin America & Mexico

$6,060,076 (6%)
108 Grants (10%)

Middle East & North Africa

$7,349,935 (7%)
25 Grants (2%)

North America

$46,400,630 (44%)
462 Grants (45%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$20,247,981 (19%)
118 Grants (11%)

Western Europe

$5,951,160 (6%)
60 Grants (6%)

Regional focus includes grants going directly to recipients in the region specified and to recipients located in other regions for activities focused on the region specified.

Population Focus

Economically Disadvantaged

$58,593,260 (56%)
468 Grants (45%)

Women & Girls

$30,969,670 (30%)
331 Grants (32%)

Ethnic or Racial Minorities

$29,073,178 (28%)
325 Grants (32%)

Population Focus includes funding explicitly targeted to benefit specific groups and only illustrates those accounting for the largest shares of grant dollars or grants. See Methodology for details on how regional focus and population focus were determined and limitations.

Sample Grants

  • Marguerite Casey Foundation gave to Coalition of Immokalee Workers in the USA for advocacy for fair wages, human dignity, decent housing, and stronger laws protecting workers' rights for all farmworkers of the retail food industry.
  • Humanity United gave to Verite in the USA to eradicate forced labor from the global gold and palm oil supply chains and to support the development of Verite's program to address forced labor.

Case Studies