Global Living Wage

Working poverty is an issue that affects over 630 million workers around the world. Most countries, whether high or low income, have struggled to lift workers onto a wage that covers the real cost of living.  

In the UK, the Living Wage Foundation has spearheaded the campaign for decent wages. Over 12,000 companies have joined this movement, putting over £2bn back into the pockets of 400,000 low paid workers. However, it is clear that national efforts can no longer be progressed in isolation, and that urgent action needs to be taken in solidarity with workers everywhere. We live in an interconnected world, and as shockwaves caused by a series of crises continue to be felt across complex global supply chains, we know that a coordinated international response is needed.

Multinational employers are also stepping up to meet their responsibilities as key actors for achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This includes payment of a Living Wage across global operations, which we know is linked to achievement of at least eight of the SDGs. 

We have connected with Living Wage movements around the world to increase collaboration and action. Our principles for a Global Living Wage have been central to our work with partners in a growing number of countries, where civil society bodies, trade unions, employers, and academics are in close collaboration to ensure that the everyday needs of workers are met. It has been encouraging to see the issue of Living Wage move up the global agenda as a critical path to economic recovery that benefits both businesses and workers. With the right level of collaboration, ending in-work poverty is possible. 

Global Living Wage Affiliate Network

What is our affiliate network? Find out more about our first member - Living Wage for US who accredits U.S. based organisations.

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Who is who in the Global Living Wage Network?

Discover where there are other national Living Wage movements 

 

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Global reports

Lessons from our Global Living Wage Network

This report shares some overarching lessons learned from our Global Living Wage Network, including national level approaches in Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, and the USA, and global sectoral initiatives 

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SDGs and Living Wage Report

This report shows how a global expansion of the Living Wage could help to deliver a range of UN SGDs such as end poverty and hunger, improve health and wellbeing, expand quality education and more. 

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What are the core principles?

Through an extensive consultation process carried out in 2015 to resolve some of these differences, a set of six principles was developed to inform advocacy for Living Wages around the world, and these can be found in our summary report The Living Wage: Core principles.  

The principles underpin our work with existing global initiatives that focus primarily on responsible procurement and/or Living Income in supply chains. Together, the global Living Wage movement can ensure that employers are equipped to pay their workers a real Living Wage across global operations, by developing a holistic approach that creates consensus across commodities and sectors at national level. 

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