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

$149.4 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $19.68 M
  2. National Endowment for Democracy $18.80 M
  3. Open Society Foundations $9.79 M
  4. The Atlantic Philanthropies $8.27 M
  5. New Israel Fund $6.09 M
  6. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $4.54 M
  7. Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation $4.06 M
  8. Human Dignity Foundation $3.43 M
  9. Public Welfare Foundation $3.17 M
  10. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $3.04 M
  11. ExxonMobil Foundation $2.97 M
  12. Avina Americas $2.91 M
  13. Bloomberg Philanthropies $2.78 M
  14. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $2.72 M
  15. NIKE Foundation $2.57 M
  16. Comic Relief UK $2.24 M
  17. American Jewish World Service $2.17 M
  18. Trust for London $2.14 M
  19. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $2.13 M
  20. The San Francisco Foundation $2.04 M
  21. The Oak Foundation $2.04 M
  22. Nationale Postcode Loterij $1.97 M
  23. NoVo Foundation $1.81 M
  24. FundaciĆ³n ONCE $1.76 M
  25. Marguerite Casey Foundation $1.75 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

3%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$116.8 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. United States $61.18 M
  2. Norway $27.30 M
  3. Belgium $5.30 M
  4. Sweden $4.91 M
  5. Germany $3.82 M
  6. European Union Institutions $3.53 M
  7. Canada $3.31 M
  8. Australia $2.80 M
  9. France $1.51 M
  10. Denmark $0.79 M
  11. Spain $0.74 M
  12. Finland $0.72 M
  13. Netherlands $0.43 M
  14. Inter-American Development Bank - Special Fund $0.13 M
  15. Switzerland $0.11 M
  16. Japan $0.09 M
  17. United Kingdom $0.08 M
  18. Italy $0.05 M
  19. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $0.03 M
  20. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$11,203,190 (7%)
157 Grants (12%)

Caribbean

$518,222 (0%)
16 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$2,455,048 (2%)
60 Grants (4%)

Global Programs

$10,111,451 (7%)
44 Grants (3%)

Latin America & Mexico

$11,012,687 (7%)
152 Grants (11%)

Middle East & North Africa

$7,528,222 (5%)
132 Grants (10%)

North America

$79,856,902 (53%)
564 Grants (41%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$19,155,139 (13%)
155 Grants (11%)

Western Europe

$9,163,754 (6%)
89 Grants (7%)

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

Women & Girls

$36,319,492 (24%)
473 Grants (35%)

Migrants & Refugees

$26,394,637 (18%)
272 Grants (20%)

Children & Youth

$21,408,948 (14%)
207 Grants (15%)

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.

Strategy Focus

Advocacy, Systems Reform and Implementation

$49,531,689 (33%)
392 Grants (29%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$30,942,181 (21%)
216 Grants (16%)

Research and Documentation

$21,392,094 (14%)
128 Grants (9%)

Figures represent only grants that could be identified as supporting a specific strategy. In addition, grants may employ multiple strategies and would therefore be counted in more than one category.

Sample Grants

  • National Endowment for Democracy supported Solidarity Center in the USA to educate and empower Haitian migrant workers to exercise their rights under Dominican law; strengthen the capacity of Dominican and Haitian unions to advocate for respect for the rights of migrant workers; and improve access to justice for migrant workers who are denied fundamental labor rights.
  • The Nathan Cummings Foundation supported the National Domestic Workers Alliance in the USA to transform the domestic care industry by improving standards, developing domestic workers as leaders, conducting studies, and advocating for reform measures.

Case Studies