Fair Wage has signed on 23 August 2018 a 3 years partnership agreement with CDMI to precisely help its members in the field of Social Sustainability, and in particular to promote wage practices.
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Challenged with the management of large workforces, as well as intensive supply chains, several global companies requested the development of a wage standard that integrated sustainability indicators within the imperatives of corporate performance.


Fair Wage is an economically rigorous standard and methodology designed to assess, develop and optimize wage policies. Fair Wage encompasses typical sustainability dimensions like Living Wage and Equal Salary but is far more comprehensive and most importantly systematically correlates those indicators with performance and profitability indicators.

The Fair Wage standard is structured around and defined by 12 dimensions, which covers comprehensively the entire spectrum of wage indicators. The Fair Wage approach has a demonstrated impact track record of sustainable performance increases.


Fair Wage offers comprehensive services to companies and brands committed to enhancing their business through a sustainable wage policy. From simple assessments and remediation plans that can then also lead them to full certification, Fair Wage has developed systematic tools and methods adapted to all scales of implementation.

Candidate companies are provided all the necessary tools and framework to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their wage-fixing system and therefore, to correct their shortcomings in this complex field more easily.


Fair Wage is a powerful HR tool offering a clear competitive advantage in the market place.

Fair Wage is a widely recognized sustainability standard. By adopting the Fair Wage approach in your company, and enhancing your wage-fixing processes with sustainable practices, you show a commitment to balanced relations and to constructive economic and social impact. This is a strong competitive advantage for your brand, that you can integrate into your sustainability strategy, and also to your marketing strategy and operations. Whether you use Fair Wage as a monitoring tool, as a remediation methodology or commit to the certification, Fair Wage will strengthen your brand.


The Fair Wage methodology helps you identify precisely the strong and weak points of your wage policy, the prime tool for the management of your human resources. This then impact workers’ motivation, productivity and also the quality of goods and services provided. Fair Wage uses correlations of the type of tasks to the wage structure, as well as data gathering from the labor force itself. This allows your human resources manager to pinpoint exactly how to better incentivize your workforce for optimal productivity. Human talents are the strongest assets of any corporation, Fair Wage gives you the tools to benefit fully from their potential.

Fair Wage helps you structure your wage policy in a coherent and sustainable format, with a focus towards strongly incentivizing your workforce. Outside talents are very sensitive to wage policies and a well-structured and promising offer is a decisive advantage to attract the best. Once recruited, Fair Wage will give you the monitoring tools necessary to inform you regularly of the motivation of your workforce. This allows you to fine tune your wage policies to maintain a strong level of commitment and retain your talents in the long run.

An increasing number of investment institutions look carefully at the sustainability indicators of a company before considering an investment. A strong wage policy is a decisive indicator of a sustainable enterprise and a valuable characteristic for any corporation. With a commitment to sustainable development, you also get access to funds that exclusively invest in companies branded and structured around those best practices. A Fair Wage label will allow you to have a wider number of financing sources and will increase the value of your company, thereby allowing for more attractive conditions.

Fair Wage assessments

Whether your company is looking for an external analysis of its wage practices or has committed to their enhancement, Fair Wage starts with an assessment of the wage practices in relation to the Fair Wage framework.Our economically rigorous method -The Fair Wage Approach- was developed to give robust wage indicators to identify a comprehensive and overall assessment of an enterprise’s performance in the wage area.

Fair Wage remediation

Fair Wage team comprises best world experts on wages, and also works with a network of extremely competent consulting firms trained and ready to deliver remediation plans and operational implementations to issues detected during the Fair Wage assessments. Remediation can take various forms, from written recommendations, seminars and trainings, to in-house counselling and coaching and will be followed up by succesive assesments.

Fair Wage certification

The powerful branding emphasis of the Fair Wage Label is available for companies with exemplary wage policies and practices. The Fair Wage Scientific Committee performs a control of the assessment and delivers the label if eligibility is confirmed. Label licensing requires a renewal of the certification every two years, through successive Fair Wage assessments.

a distinctive sign of quality and ethical values in the area of wage setting

As a result of the certification process the label constitutes a guarantee that your company is developing sustainable wage practices and that your employees benefit from a set of exemplary wage setting procedures.

The obtaining of the Fair Wage label both gives a clear competitive advantage in the market place and works as a robust HR tool.

  • the Fair Wage label can be incorporated in all the goods directly produced by the company.
  • The company is also allowed to use the Fair Wage label for marketing purposes
  • the obtaining of the label is publicized in the Fair Wage Network and all relevant communication channels.

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The Fair wage Network has established all measures necessary to ensure trust and confidentiality.

Wage data communicated are made anonymous before being passed on for the statistical analysis.

The partners involved such as the Certification Bodies accredited by the Fair Wage Network base their business model and mode of operation on the code of integrity.

In addition, the Fair Wage Network has developed a unique platform, which encapsulates all confidential data in a confined and secure environment.

Our unique database is kept up to date by permanent data collection by a group of researchers. It contains all thresholds on the living wage and prevailing wages calculated by statistical offices, research institutes and non-governmental organizations around the world. It then leads to a very rich set of results that helps the company to assess its wage levels, identify root causes and put in place the necessary remediation steps.

We have more than 25 years of experience in the field. We group all the actors companies, NGOs, workers’ representatives, and researchers working in this field. Assessments and verifications are entrusted to certification bodies operating on a code of integrity.

Our success is the success of our partners. have already placed ‘fair wage’ or ‘fair compensation’ of ‘fair living wage’ as a major pillar of their sustainability strategy.


The Fair Wage Assessments have helped us improve the way we monitor compensation and pay issues. We have integrated the Fair Wage idea into our supplier training on Human Resources Management Systems that helped in monitoring and measuring wage performance and remediation practices


Fair wage are something the whole industry must drive


The Fair Wage Network uses a consistent approach, which we can apply to many countries. It includes a focus on wages, along with other critical factors such as working hours, social benefits, equity, costs to workers and the opportunity for progression. This approach is inclusive, drawing on input from workers, managers and external sources.

We want to use the fair wage assessment methodology in pilots in both our own operations and supply chain, and scale this up…


Since 2015, FWN have provided us with access to their global Living Wage database. This gives us an objective external source of the living wage amount for each of the countries (109) where we have employees.

FWN have helped us develop our understanding of living wages, how many of our existing compensation arrangements deliver fair wages and how they fit in to our overall Framework for Fair Compensation.


Do not hesitate to join those who have already placed fair wageas a major pillar of their sustainability strategy.

The Fair Wage Network

The process is split in two phases: a Fair Wage assessment composed of a management survey and a workers survey to measure their perception of the company’s wage policy, complemented by the collection of wage and employment data and a statistical evaluation of the company’s wage policy; interviews will be conducted to verify the company’s commitment to a fair wage policy and its implementation within its HR policy. The second phase consists in a Fair Wage analysis and reporting that will serve as the basis for the decision about certification.

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