WageMap Coordinator: Joost Backer joost.backer@newforesight.com

The WageMap Consortium's founding partner organizations

The WageMap Consortium was initiated by IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, as part of their commitment to promoting fair and sustainable labor practices in global supply chains.

BSR
Supporting a global network of more than 300 leading companies to build a more just and sustainable world, BSR has deep expertise in building impactful multi-stakeholder collaborations and nearly twenty years supporting companies to establish living wage programs.
Loughborough University Centre for Research in Social Policy
CRSP does the research behind the UK Living Wage Foundation's cost-of-living number. They also support research teams across the globe to engage their citizens in meaningful conversations on the true cost of living in decency.
Living Wage For US, Inc.
Creates public benchmarks across the U.S. and certifies U.S. employers that pay their workers and contractors a living wage based on real costs of living. Also brings tools and approaches so that all those working toward global living wage payment can continue to advance this movement.
Living Wage Foundation
UK accreditation scheme for over 14,000 recognized Living Wage Employers, including over half of the FTSE 100. Now expanding its Global Affiliate Network to offer multi-country accreditation (tier 1). Convenor of local and global Living Wage movements to foster alignment, consensus, and collaboration.
NewForesight
Strategy consultancy firm driving transitions towards sustainable economies in over 35 sectors and 45 countries. Expertise across the full living wage & income journey from benchmarking (incl. creating local benchmarks where needed) to strategy to close gaps.
Wage Indicator
Publishes data and information to support and inform workers, trade unions, employers and policy makers to improve wage negations - in every country in the world, in national languages. Manages a truly global team collecting cost-of-living data on a quarterly basis.

Steering Group

Shaheen Hashmat
Shaheen Hashmat
Senior project manager - Global Living Wage
Living Wage Foundation UK
Shaheen joined the Living Wage Foundation in January 2020 and currently leads the Global Living Wage Project. This initiative was established in response to increasing efforts to reduce inequality and address in-work poverty. Previously, Shaheen has worked with notable organizations such as Girls Not Brides, Save the Children International, and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. For over ten years, she campaigned independently against forced marriage in the UK. Shaheen holds a degree in English with a focus on creative writing and is currently writing a book to highlight the long-term impacts of forced marriage.
Michelle Murray
Michelle Murray
CEO
Living Wage For US Inc.
Michelle has twelve years of global living wage and income experience, formerly serving as the founder and CEO of On-Up LLC and as Manager of the Global Living Wage Coalition. Her work focuses on bridging research and action, offering technical support, and providing methodological guidance for living wage and income studies. Michelle is dedicated to achieving global and country-specific acceptance of benchmarks, valuing total remuneration against living wages, and implementing living wage requirements. She has been involved with initiatives of the World Banana Forum, World Cocoa Foundation, Global Coffee Platform, and Specialty Coffee Association, demonstrating her commitment to advancing living wage standards.
Daniel Viviers-Rasmussen
Daniel Viviers-Rasmussen
Head of Sustainable Sourcing and Impact
NewForesight
Daniel is an agricultural economist with expertise in supply chain development and sustainable sourcing operations. He has hands-on experience working in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, focusing on structuring supply chains and developing business cases for sustainable practices. Daniel leads NewForesight’s Sustainable Sourcing and Impact business unit and lectures on global agricultural value chains at the University of Copenhagen. Prior to his tenure at NewForesight, he worked for the Danish Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Danish Ministry of Defense, and conducted extensive research on coffee in Africa.
Abigail Davis
Abigail Davis
Professor and Co-Director
Centre for Research in Social Policy
Abigail is the Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP) at Loughborough University in the UK. She is a leading researcher on living standards, heading the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) research and specializing in the MIS methodology. Abigail oversees the Centre’s qualitative research, leads MIS UK primary research, and provides training in MIS methodology through international partnerships. Her international collaborations include work with research teams in Austria, France, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, and Thailand. Abigail is a UK expert on the EU Reference Budget platform and a member of the Global Living Wage Steering Group.
Fiona Dragstra
Fiona Dragstra
Director
WageIndicator Foundation
Fiona is the Director of the WageIndicator Foundation, leading a global team of 100 experts on minimum wages, labor law, collective agreements, and cost of living issues. In her role, she develops and implements strategies to enhance the accessibility, quality, and impact of their data, which spans over 208 countries and territories through 220 websites. Fiona's background in political communication and social movements allows her to facilitate organizational support in policy discussions, build structured labor-related databases, and collaborate closely with trade unions, workers' groups, and cooperatives to advance labor rights.
Daniela Ceccon
Daniela Ceccon
Director of Data
WageIndicator Foundation
Daniela is a professional journalist passionate about exploring the world, data, and the internet. She currently serves as Director of Data and a freelance journalist for the WageIndicator Foundation in Amsterdam. Additionally, she manages the 'Mywage.org/Ethiopia for living wages in the garment sector' project, which uses a Decent Work application to monitor and improve living wages and working conditions in Ethiopia's garment sector. Daniela’s dedication to leveraging data for social good is evident in her impactful work.
Matt Padley
Matt Padley
Professor and Co-Director
Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University
Matt serves as Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP). He is renowned for his world-leading research on living standards and poverty in the UK and abroad. Matt's research emphasizes public perceptions of living standards and their application in public and social policy. He has significantly contributed to the development and application of the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) methodology and has collaborated with research teams in Mexico, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, and Thailand. Recently, he pioneered innovative research on Retirement Living Standards, widely adopted across the UK pensions industry. Matt is a board member of the EU Reference Budget platform and a member of the Living Wage Foundation’s Global Living Wage Steering Group.
Emma Giloth
Emma Giloth
Associate Director & Global Living Wage Lead
BSR
Emma is a social impact and brand strategist at BSR, where she works at the intersection of human rights and consumer sectors. Her expertise spans food, beverage, and agriculture, consumer marketing, and ethical supply chains. Emma co-founded a sustainable natural products brand in Senegal and an Africa-focused intercultural communication consultancy. She is dedicated to creating employment opportunities for youth and serves as a business advisor to several African brands. Before joining the private sector, Emma managed programs on human rights, early childhood development, and youth empowerment in West Africa and the Caribbean.
Vivian Hartlief
Vivian Hartlief
Fundraising lead and Project manager
WageIndicator Foundation
Vivian boasts more than five years of experience in project and grant management, having led and supported various initiatives in gender activism, circular economy, gender-based violence (GBV), living wage, and public health. Her work has taken her across the Netherlands and several African countries, including Sudan, South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, and Uganda. Vivian is passionate about advocating for social justice and gender equality, consistently going the extra mile to support these causes.

PMO

Joost Backer
Joost Backer
Project Coordinator
Senior consultant at NewForesight
Joost is committed to driving transitions toward fair value distribution and a sustainable planet. He specializes in agricultural commodity supply chains, collaborating with key players in sectors such as coffee, cocoa, tea, natural rubber, palm oil, and cotton across over 30 countries. In addition to his consultancy work in sustainability, Joost founded Correspondents of the World, a platform aimed at fostering understanding through sharing personal stories on the environment, migration, and gender.
Shweta Mazire
Shweta Mazire
Project Coordinator
Analyst at NewForesight
Shweta combines her passion for social development with responsible business practices to deliver impactful solutions as a Sustainability Analyst at NewForesight. She works on sustainable transitions in agriculture, focusing on living income and wages, fair compensation, and sustainable purchasing practices. She collaborates with various stakeholders, including businesses, NGOs, and governmental organizations, to create strategies that support and promote long-term, systemic change.

Governance Structure

WageMap Governance Structure

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