A universal migrant worker contract on the blockchain

Protecting the human rights of migrant workers


Labor contracts signed by international migrant workers can change from origin to destination due to unethical behavior from recruitment agencies or overseas employers. Workers often end up working in poor conditions for unfair wages. We propose the digitization and storage of “Universal Migrant Worker Contracts” on the blockchain, increasing transparency and security throughout the entire recruitment process.

How it Works

Standardizes complicated contracts

Handshake guarantees contracts are legal and ethical, and ensures that the contract signed hasn't changed when migrant workers arrive in a new country.

Ensures contracts are upheld

Handshake tracks working conditions and allows employers to be held accountable. It also manages and tracks payments and remittence.

Transparency = Safety

Governments and ethical agencies have transparency into agency and job identities and working conditions, and know when to intercede.

Why Blockchain?

Handshake is built on decentralised services such as IPFS and the Ethereum blockchain, to ensure that labor contracts are legal and verified, and remain untampered. Every party has access to and signs the same contract. We can dictate that contracts follow legal and ethical guidelines before they're ever created.

Blockchain also gives us a system to rigorously verify the ethical nature and legitimacy of both agencies and job sites, each of which create their own uPort identity.

Long term, the blockchain allows us to enforce contracts in migrant workers' places of work, to make sure they're getting paid and able to send money back to their family.


The Handshake team comes from strong technical and policy backgrounds. With previous experience in organizations such as Google and the World Health Organization, the Handshake team combines a deep knowledge of cutting edge technology with insight into global social problems.

Al Chen

Financial analyst and sales analytics at Google for 5+ years. Co-founder of an advertising startup and international real estate management firm.

Anneke Schmider

Former Project Manager at the World Health Organization. Political economist with global and national experience. Design and deliver policy, innovation, implementation, business transformation and data development projects.

Foluso Ogunlana

Software Engineer, Blockchain Developer and Blogger. Partner & Lead Developer at Stears Business. Prospective student at Oxford Computer Science Dept.

Jordan Andrews

Developer turned entrepreneur. Previous experience with enterprise government backends and now working to improve the development experience for blockchain engineers.

Leandra Tejedor

Co-founder of Vidcode, YC-backed award winning software that's brought computer programming education to over 250,000 students, and a Forbes 30 under 30 recipient.

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