What we do

The most prosperous societies of the 21st Century will defend the right to time. Our initiative will shape the way society organises its time in both the countries of Europe and Latin America, and the rest of the world. To advance these efforts, more supranational and national governments must champion time policies. Social organisations representing civil society and the productive fabric have also a big role to play, as time policies are cross-sectoral, affecting a diversity of stakeholders.

Our solutions

Our innovative time policies achieve various levels of impact. This multifaceted engagement reflects our commitment to fostering positive change on a global scale, and take into account nuanced challenges at the varying levels of governance:

Local level

Municipalities and regions have been the major public institutions promoting and implementing time policies. Our solution has made a tangible impact in over 50 cities across the European and Latin American continents: Barcelona led the charge as one of the first European cities to include time use in the city’s policy agenda, inspiring over 75 other cities globally, including Bogotá, Strasbourg, Milano, Bolzano, Rennes, Buenos Aires and Montevideo, and promoting creation of the Local and Regional Governments Time Network.

State level

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Our solution has been actively involved in national actions across more than 20 countries in Europe and Latin America. Catalonia’s pioneering Time Use Governmental Agreement was forged with social partners and civil society, and is being implemented already. Spain is blazing a trail with the world’s first national Time Use Law, and the UN regularly publishes reports on time poverty worldwide.

International level

Worldwide, we have collaborated with entities like UN Women, the International Labour Organization (ILO), EU institutions, UN Habitat, and others.

What we have achieved so far

Examples of these innovative public policies already in place:

  • Enacting time use laws (Spain, 2023-2024).
  • Fostering time use agreements (Catalonia and many European municipalities, 2014).
  • Establishing Time Policy Offices (Catalonia and more than 20 French and Italian cities, since 2020).
  • Conducting time use surveys (around the world).
  • Engaging public employees and enterprises in capacity- and awareness-building.
  • Retooling city services schedules to cut rush hour traffic (Metropolis of Rennes and Barcelona).
  • “Giving” time to caregivers (Bogotá, Barcelona).
  • Organising policy awareness and capacity-building events on time policies (Latin America and Europe).
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