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To discuss how you and your organisation can get more involved with The Work Foundation, please contact us.

Call 020 7976 3575 or email

Our history

The Work Foundation builds on the legacy of The Industrial Society, out of which we were born in 2002. For more than 80 years The Industrial Society campaigned to improve the quality of working life, emphasising practical training interventions that organisations could adopt to do that.

In October 2010 The Work Foundation formed an alliance with Lancaster University that is enabling both organisations to enhance their impact. We develop ideas and knowledge about successful workplaces through high-quality research programmes relevant to the needs of organisations, cities, regions and economies. We continue to hold fast to the belief that good work is the foundation of productive and satisfying work.

We are continuing to build up close relationships with our partners, offering them special access to our thinking and services. This business model is driven by the desire to improve both the experience of work for individuals and the effectiveness of UK organisations across the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Our central mission is to deliver high-quality, forward-looking and authoritative evidence, analysis, commentary and advice to help policy makers, business leaders and senior decision-makers to shape the future of economies and the performance of business.