Zeroing in on ethical working contracts

Sarah Waters, Quintin George Rayer

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Ethical investors must apply pressure to ensure that companies are providing decent working contracts and conditions, say Sarah Waters and Quintin Rayer.

COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerability of millions of UK workers employed on zero-hours contracts. For them, self-isolation means a sudden loss of income, often without access to redundancy payments, sick pay or universal credit. According to the Office of National Statistics, a record 974,000 people were on a zero-hours contract for their main job at the end of 2019. This is a 130,000 increase on the previous year. The challenge to ethical investors is clear – how do they encourage powerful corporations to offer fair conditions of employment for honest work?
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationTRANSFORM magazine
PublisherInstitute of Environmental Management & Assessment
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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