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Living wage: what happens when companies put well-being before profits

As Oxfam celebrates becoming a living wage employer, Oxfam GB's ethical trade manager Rachel Wilshaw explains what a living wage means for Oxfam - and why it is so desperately needed by workers...

Sugarcane workers, Brazil. Credit: Oxfam/Tatiana Cardeal

What do the world’s biggest brands have to do with land rights?

Why is Oxfam calling for zero tolerance of global land grabs by food and beverage companies? Irit Tamar from Oxfam America introduces the next phase of our Behind the Brands campaign. ...

Preparing roses for export in a Kenyan packhouse. Credit: Gerry Boyle/Oxfam

What’s the poverty ‘footprint’ of cut flowers? Oxfam’s new report with IPL

In our latest Poverty Footprint report, released today, we've teamed up with IPL (owned by ASDA and the biggest importer of fresh produce into the UK).  Our report aims to help IPL and their...

Tea picking in Mulanje, Southern Malawi Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

A living wage for tea pickers: are we there yet?

The tragic collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh has put a spotlight on the poor pay and working conditions endured by millions of people who make our clothes or grow our food. ...

Wage ladder – what’s next?

The worldwide garment industry produces enormous wealth - surely workers can share in these gains? A question posed by today's guest blogger, Ivo Spauwen of the Fair Wear Foundation, who writes...

Le Thi Ban, a shop keeper in Tra Vinh Province, Viet Nam. Credit: Abbie Trayler Smith/Oxfam

Living wages, not minimum wages – an issue for the UK as well as Viet Nam

Labour rights issues revealed in our recent report on Unilever in Viet Nam can be found much closer to home, say guest bloggers Catherine Howarth and Ania Klis of FairPensions. ...

Young workers discuss their labour rights with support from Oxfam, Bac Ninh province, Viet Nam. Credit: Oxfam/Abbie-Trayler-Smith

High ideals and hiccups – three wishes for Unilever and employers everywhere

Applause today must go to Unilever's courageous decision to allow Oxfam unfettered access to its operations and supply chain in Vietnam. This has resulted in a new report that reveals both...

Monitoring the production line for dishwasher liquid bottles. Credit: Unilever Viet Nam

Oxfam and Unilever – no longer such strange bedfellows?

Oxfam GB has today published a groundbreaking report on labour rights in Unilever's supply chain. It is groundbreaking not so much because of its content (although as the project's technical...

Freshly picked coffee beans. Gilvan Barreto/Oxfam

Climate change is threatening your coffee – why doing nothing is not an option

What happens when climate change impacts on source products that are part of a global supply chain? Oxfam posed this question to three multinational corporations to find out what companies can do...

Woman bottling wine in the Stellenbosch district, South Africa

Buyers beware: audit idiocy

Some companies go to crazy lengths to cheat auditors. But Rachel Wilshaw, shows that there may be room for optimism.  ...