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Who we are

Hivos and Fairfood launched the Living Wage Lab in November 2015. We believe that the supply chain as a whole has a shared responsibility in ensuring that workers are paid a living wage, while each separate stakeholder also has an individual responsibility to attain this goal.

The Living Wage Lab is a platform for co-creation and experimentation: just like in a laboratory, we test ideas and combinations to develop new ideas and prototypes to address the living wage issue. Solutions are found in new technologies, new policies, new business models, and other forms of collaboration. A wide array of stakeholders participate in the Lab: producers, retailers, government, trade unions, NGOs, certification bodies and research institutes.

The Living Wage Lab provides a platform to exchange insights on best practices and lessons learned, develop tools to get started with implementing living wage, and support each other in the set up of projects to implement living wage.


Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Our primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organisations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.

Fairfood is working on a transparent, fair and sustainable food system. We do so with the help of fair tech (e.g. blockchain technology) and together with the stakeholders that are involved in the system. Our mission: only fair food on our plates. This means that it is being produced by people who live a life in dignity, that the environment was respected during the production and that everybody in the production chain profits both economically and socially.

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