Irina van der Sluijs

European Action Plan Living Wage

In Europe, multi-stakeholder platforms, businesses, governments and trade unions undertake activities aimed at working towards a living wage in international supply chains. Questions still remain referring to best practices to integrate the living wage concept into corporate strategy and the implementation in supplier factories on the ground. Equally, it is becoming increasingly important to coordinate different approaches and combine efforts.

In preparation for the first European conference on living wage (25,26 November in Berlin), GIZ and Berenschot are conducting a broad stakeholder engagement process, including a number of stakeholder meetings and written consultations, to develop the joint action plan on living wage.

The action plan should define the roles that different actors play in addressing the challenges of implementing living wages, building on the foundations laid in the international normative framework (UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) MNE Declaration).

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