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  • DISCO, B Lab and Trabocca on joint efforts to improve farmers’ incomes

    After a sequence of virtual events – the last one hybrid – the Living Wage & Income Lab returned to an in-person setting. The session had speakers from the Dutch Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (DISCO), B Lab and Trabocca reflecting on the importance of partnerships to drive change in the food sector. More importantly: how can […]

  • Teaming up to scale up: partnerships driving change in the food sector

    If there is a consensus in the world of living wages and incomes, it is that this is a journey best walked together. Whether you are a company that works in direct collaboration with your supplier, or a research institute knee-deep in the subject, you will bump into obstacles that leave you feeling powerless. Results […]

  • Efficient marketing strategies for sustainable products: Learn from Fairphone, Bionext Organics and others

    After 2 years without face-to-face meetings, the Lab filled a room with companies and Civil Society Organisations to discuss one central question: what are the key elements of a successful marketing strategy for sustainable products? You can now replay the session, and below, find out how to participate in the next one! Okay, you’ve set […]

  • Marketing a Fair Product: Join the next Living Wage & Income Lab

    The next session of the Living Wage & Income Lab is coming up, and this time around we ask ourselves: How can your sustainability strategy succeed in addressing living wages and incomes, and how do you communicate the journey? The session Marketing a Fair Product discusses common obstacles when communicating the path to decent payments, as well as ways to […]

  • 3 lessons on paying farmers a fair price from Tony’s Chocolonely, Fairtrade Original, Eosta and Oxfam

    What do Tony’s Chocolonely, Fairtrade Original and Eosta have in common? Despite working with different commodities, tackling low wages is a priority among their main sustainability practices.  What do Tony’s Chocolonely, Fairtrade Original and Eosta have in common? Despite working with different commodities, tackling low wages is a priority among their main sustainability practices. On […]

  • 5 years of Living Wage Lab celebrated

    On Thursday 19 November, the Living Wage Lab celebrated its five years existence. In a one-off live broadcast, experts on living wage and living income spoke on different topics, varying from some practical business examples to the government perspective and a view on the future.  The event, which was moderated by Lea Esterhuizen from &Wider, […]

  • Lab Session #12 – First steps towards Living Wage Tool

    A good crowd has shown up for the 12th session of the Living Wage Lab. One thing that the Living Wage Lab offers to participants, is the certainty to find a trusted space for discussion and for experimentation. The idea of experimenting is well alive in the Freedom Lab in Amsterdam, the space where this Lab session takes place. It serves as a reminder of the principles on which we operate. Exploring and experimenting are key components of the Lab.

  • Lab Session #11 – Living wage dialogue along the supply chain

    Last April 18th participants of the Living Wage Lab came together at the New World Campus in The Hague for the first real interactive Lab session this year- and interactive it was! Through a role play, participants had the chance to experience a living wage dialogue up and down the supply chain and to experience it from another angle than the one they are usually in.

  • Celebrating two-year anniversary Living Wage Lab

    Thursday, January the 18th – Indeed, the day of The Storm – we celebrated the two-year anniversary of the Living Wage Lab. In style, with a breakfast session in the Nieuwspoort in The Hague. For everyone who made it: we sincerely hope that you have returned home safely and on time. For everyone who could not be there: a report on the session below.

  • Lab Session #9 – Purchasing practices

    On the 21st of September Lab partners met @ the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) in the Hague. For this session Patrick Belser, Coordinator of the Wage Group at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) shared findings of a  recently published  study Purchasing practices and working conditions in global supply chains: Global Survey results which the ILO carried out in collaboration with the joint Ethical Trading Initiatives (ETIs).

  • Lab session #8 – Living wage due-diligence

    On the 22nd of June 2017 Lab partners met at Verstegen Spices & Sauces’ in Rotterdam. In the Inspiration Room, where the scents of exotic spices filled the air, Marianne van Keep, CSR Manager, welcomed us with a pitch on Verstegen’s CSR story and link with living wage.

  • Living Wage Lab meets at Verstegen Spices & Sauces

    Thursday June 22nd the Living Wage Lab organises its next Lab session at Verstegen Spices & Sauces in Rotterdam. During this session Piet Sprengers, Head Sustainability & Research at ASN Bank, will present the bank’s living wage strategy and its results so far.

  • How to start your own Living Wage project

    On 13 April 2017 the Living Wage Lab organised its 7th Lab session at the Impact Hub in Amsterdam. The objective of this session was to get to know some of the projects Lab partners are undertaking in specific supply chains.

  • The Living Wage Lab celebrates its first birthday

    On 26 November 2015, Hivos and Fairfood gathered Dutch stakeholders from the agro-food sector to develop and experiment with innovative solutions for living wages in their supply chains. The wages of many food workers around the world are so low, that they often cannot afford to buy for themselves the food they pick or process every day. Workers in the Thai shrimp processing […]