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

$140.4 Million out of
$2.4 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors $14.84 M
  2. National Endowment for Democracy $14.70 M
  3. Nationale Postcode Loterij $11.10 M
  4. Comic Relief $10.69 M
  5. Ford Foundation $9.61 M
  6. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $4.40 M
  7. Tides Foundation $4.37 M
  8. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $4.33 M
  9. Big Lottery Fund $3.96 M
  10. NoVo Foundation $3.32 M
  11. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $3.24 M
  12. King Baudouin Foundation United States $2.97 M
  13. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $2.79 M
  14. The Nathan Cummings Foundation $2.77 M
  15. The Tudor Trust $2.52 M
  16. Human Dignity Foundation $2.36 M
  17. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $2.13 M
  18. Public Welfare Foundation $1.94 M
  19. Foundation for a Just Society $1.89 M
  20. Foundation to Promote Open Society $1.70 M
  21. The Rockefeller Foundation $1.68 M
  22. Fund for Women's Equality $1.43 M
  23. American Jewish World Service $1.42 M
  24. Humanity United $1.41 M
  25. Meyer Memorial Trust $1.31 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

2%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$57.3 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. United States $18.75 M
  2. European Union Institutions $8.34 M
  3. Norway $8.09 M
  4. Switzerland $7.16 M
  5. Belgium $4.70 M
  6. International Labour Organisation $2.74 M
  7. Finland $2.29 M
  8. Germany $2.17 M
  9. Denmark $1.12 M
  10. Spain $0.83 M
  11. Canada $0.47 M
  12. Sweden $0.17 M
  13. Netherlands $0.15 M
  14. Italy $0.15 M
  15. United Kingdom $0.08 M
  16. Austria $0.04 M
  17. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $0.01 M
  18. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$13,215,172 (9%)
161 Grants (13%)

Caribbean

$949,958 (1%)
13 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$1,179,241 (1%)
31 Grants (2%)

Global Programs

$9,857,247 (7%)
40 Grants (3%)

Latin America & Mexico

$4,752,165 (3%)
118 Grants (9%)

Middle East & North Africa

$4,120,135 (3%)
39 Grants (3%)

North America

$48,916,206 (35%)
583 Grants (46%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$16,734,341 (12%)
164 Grants (13%)

Western Europe

$41,124,362 (29%)
122 Grants (10%)

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

$38,102,386 (27%)
417 Grants (33%)

Children & Youth

$22,644,599 (16%)
129 Grants (10%)

Migrants & Refugees

$14,354,330 (10%)
203 Grants (16%)

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

$51,246,081 (36%)
631 Grants (50%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$26,571,001 (19%)
234 Grants (18%)

Coalition-building and Collaboration

$13,703,007 (10%)
222 Grants (18%)

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