Fair Wage Network Conference, May 21-22, 2013 Geneva

NGO’s initiatives on wages: State of the art


What? Coming together with peer organisations concerned with increasing wage levels in the supply chain


This is a small-scale gathering of initiatives dedicated to improving wages and working conditions (monitoring, verification, certification organisations )


Report on recent experiences, Share tools and activities, Identify remaining gaps and potential areas for cooperation


Geneva, John Knox Centre (a map will be sent to you)


21 May, 11:00-17:30


Draft Programme 21 May 2012


11:00-11:20 Introduction:
Auret van Heerden and Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead (FWN/FLA)


Discussion 1:
Reporting on recent experiences in tackling wage issues along the supply chain
The different participants will be asked to give a contribution of 10mns (PPT possible and access to internet) on the following series of questions:
  • What recent experiences could you report on?
  • What main tools did you use?
  • What concrete outcomes did you reach?
  • What obstacles did you face?
  • How do you evaluate the situation on wages?

Short (10 mns max.) presentations by:

  • BSCI
  • FWF
  • Oxfam
  • ETI
  • Asian Floor Wage
  • Clean Clothes Campaign
  • BetterWork
  • Fair Labor Association
  • Fair Wage Network
  • SAI


13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-15.40 Discussion 2:

How to go further?
Presentations by Doug Miller: Living wage costing in Bangladesh and India

Rachel Wilshaw: Wage assessment in Unilever report

Brainstorming and open discussion

15.40¯16.00 Coffee break
16.00-17.30 Concluding session:
How to strengthen synergy between different initiatives, what common work to be done together?
18.00 Cocktail
18.45 Dinner


Fair Wage Conference

Wages in the supply chain: needs, priorities and solutions


Place: Geneva, John Knox Centre


22 May, 09:00-17:00

Unfair 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 chains 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 some of those tools and concrete experiences in order to better identify options and ways forward to ensure positive impact for workers.


Programme 22 May 2012


9.00-9.30 Registration and coffee


Introduction (Auret van Heerden and Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead, co-chairs of the Fair Wage Network)
Summary of NGOs’ discussion of previous day
9.50-11.20 Panel discussion 1:
Progress on the tools to address wage issues
(Chair: Auret van Heerden, FLA/FWN)
  • The wage ladder and the living wage (Ivo Spauwen, Fair Wage Foundation)
  • What progress on the Asian Floor Wage? (Ashim Roy, AFW)
  • Fair wage approach: From assessment to remediation (Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead, FWN)


11.20-12.40 Coffee break
11.40-13.00 Panel discussion 2:
(Chair: Prof. Lucio Baccaro, University of Geneva)
  • Low wage assessment: Unilever report (Rachel Wilshaw, Oxfam GB)
  • Fair Wage in Vietnam (Ha Dang, FLA Vietnam)


13.00¯14.15 Lunch
14.15-15.40 Panel discussion 3:
Examples of company initiatives
(Chair: Dai Forterre, PVH)
  • Switcher (Gilles Dana)
  • H&M (Maritha Lorentzon)
  • H&M Puma (Charmaine Nuguid-Anden)

Discussion with other companies

15.40-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-17.00 Policy panel: Perspectives on roles and responsibilities
(Chair: Steven Oates, SAI)
  • BetterWork (Dan Rees)
  • FWF (Ivo Spauwen)
  • BSCI (Veronica Rubio)
  • Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (Verena Wiesner)
  • Fair Wage Network (Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead)

Discussion and conclusions