Employment Justice


Can you create a hybrid platform for dispute resolution that helps address problems in the workplace and protects the employee?

Can you design a procedure or tool for employers and employees to prevent workplace harassment, and to resolve these issues without putting the victim’s job in jeopardy?

Do you have an innovation that addresses unsafe working conditions?

Can you create a procedure that helps business-formalization happen efficiently and cost-effectively?

The 2018 HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge is looking for new and innovative solutions to employment issues, with specific emphasis on those most vulnerable: women, low-income urban residents and youth/children. The aim is not to uproot existing systems, but to complement and strengthen the existing systems to efficiently provide for the needs of both employers and employees.

Through our Justice Needs and Satisfaction (JNS) reports, we have discovered that most people experience employment justice problems in:

  • Job security: half of all jobs worldwide are considered ‘precarious.’ Problems that fall under this heading are unfair dismissals, fair expectations about the extension of a person’s employment contract, unemployment, or a smooth transition from one job to another.
  • Social security: a quarter of all workers worldwide earn US$2 a day or less. Additionally, less than third of the world’s population has adequate social security coverage and more than half lack any coverage at all.
  • Employment disputes: employees are almost always in a weaker position, since the employer usually has more financial means and better access to legal advice. The existing procedures are ineffective, as they place the parties in a competitive setting instead of focusing on finding a collaborative resolution to a problem. Additionally, the resolution rate of issues such as workplace harassment is low, as employees are afraid to lose their jobs if they speak up.
  • Unsafe work conditions: every day about 6,000 people die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases.


How can these issues be solved? Check out Comic Contracts, one of the startups in our portfolio for inspiration. It creates visual contracts for employees, which enhances transparency and creates an equal footing between employer and employee.


Want to know more? Check out our JNS reports for more country-specific information. Additionally, check out some of the links below to get a general understanding of global employment-related justice issues: