The Fair Wage Network has been created on the initiative of Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead and Auret van Heerden. The decision to set up the Fair Wage Network was taken on the occasion of the first Fair Wage conference, organized in Washington on October 26, 2009.
The aim of this network is to regroup all the actors involved along the supply chain and present in the CSR arena who would be ready to commit themselves to work to promote better wage practices. The idea is to set up an interactive and dynamic process, involving NGOs, managers, workers’ representatives and researchers.
This initiative is also aimed at ensuring the coherence needed in the wage area and helping to liaise the proposed fair wage approach in relation to all wage initiatives at international and national level.
The aim is gradually to move up individual factories’ wage practices, in terms of the different elements we believe should be part of the ‘fair wage’ approach. In order to succeed, this process would require a step-by-step approach to overcome the possible difficulties involved in collecting information and avoiding a possible initial reluctance from the different stakeholders. Only by means of such a cooperative framework could the different stakeholders see the mutual benefits they could obtain from this collective approach. The Fair Wage Network represents a key step in incorporating wage issues within the CSR process.
The FWN team:
Co-founders and coordinators: Auret van Heerden, Founder of Equiception, and CEO of the Academy for Sustainable Business. Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead, Senior economist at the ILO, Geneva and Professor at SciencesPo, Paris.
Lina Marmolejo, Responsible for the Spanish version, MPA-SciencesPo, Paris
Lihui Lin, Responsible for the Chinese version, MPA-SciencesPo, Paris
Boroka Gergely & Daniele B.