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Living Wages

Living Wages

In most production countries of the textile industry, the minimum wages paid fall short of being a living wage. A 'Living Wage' is generally defined as the minimum income necessary for a worker to meet the basic needs of himself/herself and his/her family, including some discretionary income. The minimum wage, if any, is usually lower than 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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