About the Lab

What we do

About us

What's the Living Wage & Income Lab?

The Lab brings together producers, retailers and other stakeholders in the agri-food sector to come up with innovative solutions to take effective action towards living wages for workers and living incomes for producers in global agri-food supply chains. 

Coordinated by the NGO Fairfood, the Lab is for those who believe that the supply chain as a whole has a shared responsibility in ensuring that the people behind our food are fairly compensated for their work – while each separate stakeholder also has an individual responsibility to attain this goal. 

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Learn from the ones doing

The Lab is a space for co-creation. Just like in an itinerant laboratory, participants are challenged to test solutions and work together. Each session brings panellists with different backgrounds to present projects’ insights and lessons learned, challenging the room to work together.

Solutions are found in new technologies, new policies, new business models, and other forms of collaboration. In a Lab session, everyone is a potential partner. 

Fairfood Living Wage and Income Lab session - Amsterdam Cocoa Week - Tradin Organic, Tony's Chocolonely and Vgan Chocolate.
Bring examples

Share your story

Have something great to tell – or know someone who does? We are always on the lookout for projects that are succeeding in transforming our food system for the good. Every Lab enthusiast is welcome to write us, to suggest speakers or topics: mariana@fairfood.org.

Co-creating a Living Wage & Income Lab session is also possible, focusing on the needs of your event or of a specific audience.

Who took the stage so far

B Lab

With the living wage space evolving, B Lab launched a new application guidance for the over 6000 Certified B Corps around the world. B Corps are businesses meeting high standards of verified performance, accountability, and transparency on factors from employee benefits and charitable giving to supply chain practices and sustainability. With the goal of creating “benefit for all” stakeholders, not just shareholders, they recently incorporated living wages into their assessment – and launched the news in the lab!


The Dutch public-private partnership works to make the cocoa and chocolate sector sustainable while improving the livelihoods of current and future cocoa farming families. Signatories of the Dutch Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (DISCO) acknowledge the complexity of the root causes behind the critical social, economic, and environmental sustainability issues in the cocoa sector, and work in partnership to coordinate and initiate efforts and interventions with stakeholders in the cocoa sector outside the Netherlands.

Fairtrade Original

Fairtrade Original is a food brand on a mission: make fair food and drinks available for everyone by developing local supply chains. With over 100 products for sale in supermarkets, they work at the origin of flavour to establish fair and sustainable supply chains. In the lab, they’ve guided participants multiple times: sharing how impact is measured in practice, and, even brought cooperative perspective to the room to show how a Living Income Reference Price is making a change in their vale chains.