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Living Wages

Living Wages

Although the right to a just remuneration that ensures an existence worthy of human dignity is considered as a fundamental human right, minimum wages in most of the garment producing countries are less than a living wage. A living wage is one that covers the cost of living of workers and their dependent family members and provides adequate reserves for emergency situations. This should be earned during legal working hour limits (without overtime).

The minimum wage, if there is one, is usually below the living wage. This income gap can currently only be closed by the buyer. The issue of "living wages" thus poses a structural problem. Joint action is needed to solve this problem. For this reason, various members of the Textiles Partnership have joined forces in the Partnership Initiative on Living Wages .

Our Guideline (DE and EN) provides an introduction to living wages, shows practical starting points and supports you in developing your own strategy for implementing living wages in the supply chain.

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