The nonprofit sector consists of over 55,000 organizations, employs 1 million people, and engages millions of volunteers in Ontario alone. The decisions that individual nonprofit organizations make about employment have a dramatic and immediate impact on the labour market and on the sector’s ability to deliver on its community benefits objectives. Let’s grab the opportunity to be champions of decent work.
Using the International Labour Organization’s definition of decent work, The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) had identified seven aspects of decent work in the nonprofit sector:
- Employment opportunities
- Fair income
- Health and retirement benefits
- Stable employment
- Opportunities for development and advancement
- Equality and rights at work
- Culture and leadership (inclusive work cultures and effective leaders)
At ONN we’re working on building a movement for more decent work in the sector through multiple avenues. For instance, we are working on a sector wide pensions plan and are using a gender lens on decent work to understand women’s employment experiences in the nonprofit sector through our decent work for women project.
Here are some tools to start your decent work journey:
Decent Work Charter
Decent Work Checklist
Bill 148 education
Decent Work for Women: A literature review of women working in Ontario’s nonprofit sector
We want to learn more from you! What does decent work look like in your organization?