Broadly speaking, the gig economy refers to working practices where individuals are paid to complete short-term contracts or single tasks, for example making deliveries, driving passengers, or providing copy-editing services. Individuals are paid per task, or ‘gig’, rather than receiving an hourly wage or fixed salary.
In general terms, a zero-hours contract is a form of employment where the employer is under no obligation to offer work or a guarantee of minimum hours and the individual is under no obligation to accept any work offered.
Our 21st annual Investor Day on 6 June 2018 will explore what constitutes ‘good work’ and the role that companies, policymakers and investors can play in helping to deliver it.
Wednesday 6 June, 9.30am-2.30pm
Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2 Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL
Find out more about Investor Day 2018
The hidden costs of sugar.
How can we manage the risks to our health and wealth?
This year’s Investor Day was a great success, held again at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in London.
Our keynote speaker, Professor Graham MacGregor who is chairman of Action on Sugar and also a professor of cardiovascular medicine, championed the reduction of salt and sugar in our food.
Claire Hughes, head of nutrition and science at Marks & Spencer, explained how a customer-focused strategy helping consumers balance their dietary needs is driving the company’s ambition to become the leading retailer for healthy eating.
Fiona Watson, an independent nutrition consultant, observed how obesity has overtaken undernutrition as a global impediment to human wellbeing and highlighted the considerable protections and subsidies that exist to incentivise large-scale sugar production.