Towards a living wage in the agri-food sector.
Two years Living Wage Lab for joint action
The Dutch NGOs Hivos and Fairfood launched the Living Wage Lab in November 2015. The goal was to help companies and other stakeholders in the agri-food sector in finding solutions to achieve living wages in their supply chains. Two years later – after a series of sessions – it’s time for some reflection.
The awareness of living wages has, without doubt, increased among a wide range of stakeholders in the past few years. Achieving real change has, however, proved to be a difficult job. Low wages are a persistent problem in many global value chains, and cannot be solved by individual companies alone. Hivos and Fairfood decided to bring together Netherlands- based stakeholders to develop and experiment with innovative ways to realise decent wages. Why did they choose this specific Lab approach?