WageMap Coordinator: Joost Backer joost.backer@newforesight.com
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WageMap's mission is to support the achievement of living wages for workers globally, through two core reinforcing components

The Core Components of WageMap's Mission:

1. Establish a Living Wage Reference Standard

Develop a universally accepted Living Wage Reference standard through the ISEAL standard-setting process

Guide data providers, offer a foundation for creating incentives, and promote transparency in employer actions

2. Create a public database of globally comparable, locally specific, benchmarks

Assess existing national and global living wage benchmarking methodologies against the living wage reference standard

Publish the single living wage benchmark value that is most applicable and representative in a specific geography

The WageMap Timeline

We adopt a phase-wise approach, running four workstreams alongside each other working towards the set objectives

  • Apr-May 2024
    Standard outline and comparison report

    Ensure that the contents of the standard properly reflect what is needed

    Categorizes the issues where additional research or discussion is necessary

  • Jun-Nov 2024
    Standard drafting

    Concrete standard "straw man" will be developed by drawing upon the insights gained from the Natural Harmonization workstream

    The ‘Technical Committee’ will input on the draft standard and consensus will be sought on key issues during the stakeholder consultation phase

  • Jun 2024-Jan 2025

    Research on specific topics regarding the Living Wage Reference Standard

    Exact research topics to be determined – outcome of the Standard outline report

  • Apr 2024-May 2025
    Stakeholder engagement

    The drafts will be brought to the stakeholder group for consultation as required by the ISEAL Code of Practice

    Important stakeholders will be engaged through a series of Zoom meetings or other suitable means

    A repeated process of accepting and rejecting but publicly responding to comments will be conducted

  • Dec 2024-Jun 2025
    Second standard drafting & response to stakeholder engagement