Working for a better future

A century supporting the development of good work

Our History

The Work Foundation builds upon the legacy of the Industrial Society, out of which we were born in 2002. Since our establishment by Sir Robert Hyde on 3 April 1918, we have campaigned to improve the quality of working life through advocacy, research and practical interventions. In October 2010 the Work Foundation formed an alliance with Lancaster University that enables both organisations to enhance their impact.

A world class Management School

The Work Foundation has had a strong relationship with Lancaster University since 2010; and our unique relationship has enabled us to draw on the expertise and knowledge across the university. This cooperation enables both organisations to have an increased influence on the change agenda, devoting expertise to research in areas that are crucial to the UK economy through collaboration and partnership.