Responsible Contracting: Best Practices

Responsible contracting is important to sustainable companies, employees, and consumers. Complying with labor laws and adopting responsible practices is good business and supports our local and national economies. From 2005 to 2015, the percentage of Americans who were temporary workers, on-call workers, contract workers, or independent contractors or freelancers rose from 10.7 percent to 15.8 percent. During that same time period, workers hired through contract companies rose from 1.4 percent to 3.1 percent.1 Today, responsible contracting practices are essential to attracting, retaining, and protecting a qualified workforce.

In a new fact sheet, Catherine Ruckelshaus and Caitlin Connolly discuss some of the basic ways employers can adopt responsible contracting policies in order to ensure that everyone connected to their business operation receives decent wages and basic workplace protections.

You can read the full fact sheet below.

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