A guide to setting robust policy commitments and reporting on practice in soft commodity supply chains.

This guide is designed to help companies set and report on robust living wage commitments. It is relevant whether you are a producer, processor, trader or buyer of products in soft commodity sectors.

A living wage is “the remuneration received for a standard workweek by a worker in a particular place sufficient to afford a decent standard of living for the worker and her or his family. Elements of a decent standard of living include food, water, housing, education, health care, transportation, clothing, and other essential needs including provision for unexpected events.” (Global Living Wage Coalition).

SPOTT assesses soft commodity companies on their public disclosure of living wage policies.

This Thematic Guide from ZSL provides an overview of the importance of taking the living wage into consideration during policy-making. Other Thematic guides in the series include:

Thematic Guide No. 1 to Zero Deforestation

Thematic Guide No. 2 to Traceability

Thematic Guide No. 3 to Supplier Engagement

Thematic Guide No. 4 to Free, Prior & Informed Consent (FPIC)

Thematic Guide No. 5 to Gender