UK retailers commit to close living wage gaps in banana supply chains
Nine major retailers in the UK have joined forces to commit to a living wage for banana workers in their international supply chains.
This initiative complements similar agreements in Belgian, Dutch and German markets.
1 March 2023, London, United Kingdom – UK retailers: Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Lidl GB, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and Waitrose, supported by IDH, are working with a collective goal to close the living wage gap within their banana supply chains by the end of 2027.
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Making the commitment a reality
To bring this commitment to life, the retailers have agreed to work according to the IDH Roadmap on Living Wages and will calculate the living wage gap in their supply chains using tools like the IDH Salary Matrix. In addition to analyzing their individual company processes and procurement practices, the coalition members will work in partnership with other retail initiatives, suppliers, producers, and stakeholders like NGOs, certifiers, and trade unions to achieve their goals. The coalition will also work in close collaboration with relevant standard organizations such as Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance to work towards living wages for workers.