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Living Wage Lab

  • Living Wage Lab


    To find ways of introducing living wages in the supply chains of businesses and other stakeholders in the agri-food sector.


    The Netherlands (Lab); Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe (program countries)


    Low wages are a persistent problem in many global value chains. In labor-intensive industries with large numbers of vulnerable workers in developing countries, such as agribusiness, women are often paid at the lowest end of the scale. It is a complex process to introduce a living wage and requires the cooperation of all stakeholders in the production chain. This is why Hivos and Fairfood have started the Living Wage Lab.


    The Living Wage Lab brings together stakeholders from different backgrounds to develop and experiment with innovative ways to broadly institute a living wage. Representatives from government, trade unions, producing companies, retailers, NGOs, certification bodies and research institutes jointly tackle this issue. During meetings, they look at living wage issues from different points of view and come up with innovative interventions, experiment with a wide range of ideas and approaches, and take action to actually implement living wages.

    Results so far

    The Living Wage Lab has carried out 12 Lab sessions so far and has seen a growing number of participants. Several participants have included or are in the process of including living wages in their CSR policy/agenda. Pilots in living wages have been initiated by participants that met each other in the Lab. The Living Wage Lab Africa is being introduced in program countries in East and Southern Africa.


    2015 – 2020


    Hivos, Fairfood

    Coalition partner