Tools and initiatives to drive sustainable change

Organized by the Fair Wage Network in cooperation with the Fair Labor Association, Business Social Compliance Initiative and Better Work

Place: Geneva, John Knox Centre

Date: 8 May, 09:30-16:30

Registration: By 15th April to Beatriz Vera (+41-22-747.00.88)

Non-payment of adequate wages and unsustainable pay systems are major issues in today’s global supply chains. Various organisations have recently developed and implemented tools to tackle this challenge. Several enterprises have also started some assessment of wage practices along their supply chain in order to acquire the necessary knowledge and put in place the initiatives to drive sustainable changes in this complex area. We aim to present all such available tools and concrete experiences, in order to better identify possible further initiatives and steps forward to ensure positive impact for workers. On May 8, we organise this discussion with representatives from NGOs and brands..


8 May 2012

9.30-10.00 Registration and coffee

10.00-10.20 Opening

Introduction (Auret van Heerden and Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead, co-chairs of the Fair Wage Network)

Summary of NGOs discussion of previous day (Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead)

10.20-11.20 Round table 1: What tools and methods to capture wage issues along the supply chain?

The Living Wage approach (BSCI)

The Wage ladder (FWF)

The Fair Wage assessment (FWN-FLA)


11.20-11.40 Coffee break

11.40-13.00 Round table 2: Company initiatives/experiences

Some company experiences on the living wage (Oxfam)

The Fair Wage approach at H&M (H&M)

How to move from the assessment to the remediation phase (PUMA)


13.00-14.15 Lunch

14.15-15.30 Round table 3: Perspectives and steps ahead

Developing wage issues at Better Work (Dan Rees/Susanna Harkonen)

The Fair Wage next steps at FLA (Auret van Heerden)

Synergy, cooperation and common initiatives


15.30-15.50 Coffee break

15.50-16.30 Open discussion and conclusions