Hire for impact

On Upwork, companies can expand inclusive economic opportunity one project at a time. With independent talent based across the world, Upwork makes it easy to connect with professionals that are leveraging their diverse backgrounds and technical skills to create incredible things.

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Engage talent facing hardship

Opportunity Unlimited

Upwork and the Tent Partnership for Refugees have created Opportunity Unlimited, an initiative to help displaced professionals find work and get connected to the resources they need to prepare for, conduct, and get paid for their work, no matter their location.

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"As soon as we heard about Opportunity Unlimited, we knew we wanted to be a part of it. We knew that it would offer an incredible pool of talent. And we knew it would give us one more chance to deliver on our own CSR and DEI mission.”

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Sunetra Sil Vijaykar
Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Global Executive Producer, Genpact Studios at Genpact
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Meet Bohdan Huriev

UX Designer

Bohdan is a Top Rated UX Designer who was able to relocate with his family to a safer region when the war in Ukraine hit, thanks to his Upwork earnings.

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Enterprise clients can tell their account managers that they're interested in participating as a hiring partner or email us at opportunityunlimited@upwork.com.

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Build diverse hybrid teams

Upwork makes it possible to build diverse teams and reach your supplier diversity goals.

Leverage the diversity-certified badge

Connect with US-based talent who have achieved 3rd-party diversity certification. Enterprise clients can filter searches by checking the “Diversity-Certified” box, limiting results to businesses that are certified as one of the following:

  • Certified Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • Certified Women-Owned Business (WOB/WBE/WOSB)
  • Certified LGBTQ-Owned Business (LGBTQ)
  • Certified Veteran-Owned Business (VOSB)
  • Certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDV/SDVOSB)
  • Certified Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE)
Freelancers in the US:
identify as people of color
identify as living with a disability or medical issue
identify as caretakers

See our 2022 Freelance Forward report to see other key findings from our research.

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Meet Alex Tuck

IT Project Management Consultant

A certified minority business owner, Alex is a first-generation American whose mother came to the US from Cambodia as a refugee. With close to $1M in earnings on Upwork, Alex says the ability to work through Upwork has changed his life.

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Find veterans

In addition to US-veteran-owned businesses that have obtained Upwork's Diversity-Certified badge, clients can find talent across the globe that self-identify as veterans. Professionals on Upwork that have served in the military and have chosen to identify on Upwork as veterans have a military icon badge in the verifications section of their profile.

Note: Upwork only verifies the veteran status of talent who seek to obtain a Diversity-Certified badge.

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Meet Shari Cruz

Freelance Instructional Designer

As a former marine and military spouse moving from one city to the next every couple of years, Shari Cruz found it difficult to work in a traditional way. Then she found Upwork.

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Look for the Certified-Diverse badges and veteran icons on the left side of freelancers’ profiles or work with our recruiters to narrow your search to certified talent and veterans.

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See what’s possible

Around the world, Upwork customers are unlocking human potential and creating inclusive economic opportunities.

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Meet Shari Stephens

Brand Marketing Strategist

What makes them a great mom also makes them a great hire. See how Upwork in helping the 1.6 million moms who left the workforce get back to work.

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Meet Arvita Tripati

Founder, Loquere

“Without Upwork, we would not have been able to launch. Period." Meet a self-funded female founder who brought her dream to life by hiring skilled professionals on Upwork.

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Meet Quilen Blackwell

Owner, Southside Blooms

Learn how one minority-owned nonprofit is providing at-risk youth the chance to build careers and alleviate poverty through sustainability with Upwork as its backbone.

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Meet Ryan Clark and Abigail Baker

Sharepoint Architect and DEI Consultant

Hear how Ryan and Abigail are reimagining a new, equitable world of work that we’re building together.

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We invite you to share your business successes and join us in creating a world where work rises to our potential. To become the next inspiring customer story Upwork tells, please contact your account manager or email us at customeradvocacy@upwork.com.

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