How to calculate the cost of living to determine the living wage gap?
Have a look at the overview of available studies of the Global Living Wage Coalition, Wage Indicator or Asia Floor Wage to see if they studied the area in which you are active and published a figure. If there are no figures available you can also start calculating the living wage yourself. The Living Wages around the World Manual for Measurement describes in great detail how you could do that.
Which steps can you take to realize living wages in your supply chain?
- ETI’s Base Code Guidance on Living Wage gives insight into the practical steps companies can take to enable payment of living wages in their supply chains.
- Living Wages in Global Supply Chains: a new agenda for business is a joint publication of the Joint Ethical Trading Initiatives (JETIs). It provides an analysis of low wages at multiple levels and recommendations on which direction companies can take.
- Oxfam’s Issue Briefing Steps towards a living wage in global supply chains aims to help companies who source from developing countries to understand and tackle the issue and see what success looks like from an Oxfam perspective.
- Fair Wear Foundation’s Explorer’s Notebook gives insight into the different routes that garment companies can take and are taking to overcome the obstacles towards living wages. Includes the description of several best-practices.
- ASN’s publication Garment Companies and Living Wage: a practical implementation tool for companies describes a 4-stage corporate living wage due diligence process for garment companies, as a means to reach the end goal of living wages paid. Each phase starts with a description of criteria to meet and end with a checklist.