WageMap Coordinator: Joost Backer joost.backer@newforesight.com
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What is WageMap?

WageMap is a consortium of living wage data and service providers that have come together to drive alignment across living wage methodologies and frameworks.

Over 2024-2025, we will establish a credible and representative living wage reference standard which assesses existing benchmarking methodologies to produce globally comparable, locally specific living wage benchmark data. In this way, we aim to accelerate the transition towards closing the gap between prevailing wages and living wages – globally.

WageMap is founded by six organizations: BSR, the Loughborough University Centre for Research in Social Policy, Living Wage For US, Inc., the Living Wage Foundation, NewForesight, and Wage Indicator.

What are Key Barriers to closing the Living Wage Gap?

No Universal Standard

  • The language surrounding living wage benchmarks is often technically complex and inconsistent
  • The lack of a standardized and universally accepted method to calculate a living wage leads to market distortion and disparities in compensation and working conditions

No Clear Comparability

  • The ongoing debate largely centers on determining the 'right numbers,' with no definitive consensus
  • Supply chain actors often do not have the same access to the living wage data, resulting in inconsistent living wage standards across the supply chain

Weak Implementation Capacity

  • Current efforts to close the living wage gap are not sufficient
  • There is a need for a support system to aid various stakeholders in the implementation of the practices and policies required to achieve living wages

Why Closing The Living Wage Gap Matters

Every individual deserves the right to a decent standard of living. But there are additional reasons of closing the living wage gap:

Persistent wage gaps increase economic inequalities, creating a cycle of poverty.

Workers who are not paid fairly experience low morale, leading to reduced productivity.

The root causes of labour risks such as child labour, forced labour and unsafe working conditions are often linked to inadequate wages.

Due to financial desperation, workers often find themselves compelled to engage in environmentally harmful practices.

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Who are the Stakeholders in closing the Living Wage Gap?

There is growing momentum in the global living wage movement, reflected in the range of stakeholders committing to closing the gap

Governments

Governments worldwide are promoting living wages in response to advocacy, while the International Labour Organization recognized the concept of a living wage and committed to assisting member states in closing the gap.

Businesses and investors

Businesses and investors are increasingly adopting living wage policies as part of their social responsibility efforts, recognizing the long-term benefits for both employee well-being and brand reputation.

Platforms

Platforms are uniting diverse actors from business, government, and civil society to collaboratively advance the global living wage movement, highlighting a shared commitment to equitable labor practices.

Consumers

Consumers are becoming more conscious of ethical purchasing decisions, actively supporting legislation and brands that commit to paying living wages, thereby influencing market dynamics towards fairer labour practices.

Join the WageMap Initiative

A Launch Partner can be an employer, policymaker or a non-profit organization that takes proactive steps to advance the cause of living wages, both within their organizations and in the broader community or industry.

Launch Partners play a crucial role in driving positive change and raising awareness about living wages.

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