Decent Work Charter – Call to Action
Our collective action will change the sector
Ontario is located on the traditional territories of over 133 First Nations, including the home of many Inuit and Métis communities and peoples. Ontario is covered by 46 treaties, and other agreements, including land purchases by the Crown signed between 1781 and 1930.
Decent work is a practice, and framework to advance, and support the people driving change within the nonprofit sector. It provides the context to support healthy workplaces, equity, economic security, thriving businesses, and community well-being. In adopting the decent work charter, organizations are starting or continuing a process to support a decent work movement within Ontario’s nonprofit sector.
Decent work is a critical pathway to gender equity, racial justice, and reconciliation in the nonprofit sector, including businesses, social enterprises and organizations that seek to create equitable working conditions
As an organization committed to equity and creating equitable working conditions, we are signing this decent work charter to identify our commitment to decent work. This includes efforts to create stronger labour market standards, improved minimum wages, adequate benefits, and the provision of robust social supports that enable people’s labour market participation, including affordable childcare, transit, unemployment insurance, pensions, decent scheduling and expanding implementing practices of wellness.
As employers we are signing this decent work charter to confirm that we view decent work as an essential component of achieving our organizations’ missions and intended impacts. Ensuring that the passion, dedication and skills of the people attracted to our sector are effectively appreciated, developed and sustained directly benefits the well-being of community members and volunteers that our staff work with every day.
As leaders in our local communities we will also use our decent work charter to guide our efforts to support local economic practices that promote and sustain decent work. And when possible, we will work with other networks (e.g. Ontario Nonprofit Network) and key stakeholders (e.g. unions, local business associations) to generate collective actions that expand decent work conditions.