Start your living wage program now
We understand that living wages is a complex topic, but many factory workers are still underpaid. That’s unacceptable. It’s time to start your roadmap towards living wages, and to help you do so we have collected the most recent insights, cases, tips and tricks in a free online tool.
All brands can take steps in the countries where production takes place.
The question is; what does your roadmap look like?
What is a living wage?
A living wage covers the real cost of living, earned in a standard working week, without overtime hours. In most cases, a minimum wage is much less than a living wage. It may seem like workers earn a living wage, but often they work many overtime hours to cover their monthly expenses. A normal salary of a hired worker should cover the real cost of living, including all monthly expenses and some savings. Just like your own salary does.
The net wage of a worker should be on living wage level, and earned in a standard working week of no more than 40 hours per week (with a maximum of 8 overtime hours). The net wage should cover:
Road to living wages
Understand living wages
Understand the concept and why you should act now.
Find out where you are
Check your supply chain and the wage situation in your countries and at your suppliers, by engaging them in a transparent and trusted way.
Discover what your roadmap to living wages looks like and start the approach that best suits your company and situation.
Monitor, engage, improve & communicate
Continue the cycle of improving collaborative action and communicate your efforts to boost system change.
With the experience of partners and brands, we want to show that working towards a living wage is possible. Therefore, we've developed a tool. In 10 steps we'll help you to decide on your roadmap to living wages.
We'll help you with every step on the way; doing a risk analysis, preparing your organization and supplier, calculate the living wage (gap) and preparing the workers.
If you're interested in starting a living wage program, and need our help. Let us know by submitting the form below.
Low volumes are no excuse to get started
Nudie Jeans transparently reports on their production locations. Their production is based on their environmental-friendly and social philosophy and responsibility policies, and a living wage ambition is part of this. In 2012, they initiated their living wage journey together one of their Indian suppliers. The pilot was the starting point to test increased wage payments to close the living wage gap. The increased payments meant an additional premium was paid to the factory, evenly distributed over all workers (including all staff).
Taking responsibility, while keeping it simple
Schijvens produces and sells corporate wear. Taking responsibility & keeping it simple: that's what they did with their living wage projects. Their first project started in 2017 at their own factory in Turkey, and after that they teamed up with one of their retail clients to introduce living wages at their long-term supplier in Pakistan.
Female empowerment in China
The core mission of Marlies Dekkers is to design from a feminine point of view, and boost female confidence and female empowerment, also in their supply chain. They work with medium sized factories in China that mainly employ female workers and they aim to address personal and professional needs of (female) factory workers, beyond the basic and fundamental needs (such as good working conditions and living wage). They initiated a living wage research, to ensure that these basics were met before moving to the next phase.