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Living wage blogs

Organisations representing a range of perspectives have been blogging about the living wage. Here's just a few:

ShareAction posted: The Living Wage: a responsible investment from Ethiopia to the UK

Stronger Unions wrote: The world needs a pay rise.

The Business and Human Rights Resource Center also commented on the briefing.

And the ETI asked Who’s responsible for paying living wages?

Meanwhile you can read our blogs on the living wage here.

Steps Towards a Living Wage in Global Supply Chains

Steps Towards a Living Wage in Global Supply Chains
16 pages

Wilshaw, Rachel

Timms, Bryony

Publication date
10 Dec 2014


Oxfam International

Issue briefing

What are the barriers to ensuring that a living wage is paid, and what are the root causes of low wages? Almost a century after the ILO constitution recognized the need for workers to earn a living wage, this Oxfam paper outlines the compelling reasons for responsible companies to act now to raise wages that are inadequate to meet the needs of workers and their families.

The paper looks at the positive steps taken in a range of sectors, and provides a framework for deeper change. It highlights initiatives already underway and aims to help companies which source from developing countries to understand the issue and what success looks like from an Oxfam perspective. It includes recommendations, signposts further reading and suggests indicators of good practice.


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