Fafo conduct commissioned research for a wide range of actors (trade unions, employers’ associations, government agencies, NGOs etc), combined with publicly financed scientific research (national and international research grants). Currently Fafo has approximately 90 employees, of whom 75 are scientific staff, most of the researchers being sociologists, political scientists and economists.
Fafo was founded by the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) in 1982 and was reorganised as an independent research foundation in 1993. Fafo conducts research on changes in living and working conditions, industrial relations, societal participation, democracy and development in a range of social and economic settings - in Norway, Europe and beyond. Fafo's ambition is to contribute to processes of social and economic development based on rigorous ethical and scientific standards.