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The work of the Living Income Community of Practices builds heavily off of that of the Global Living Wage Coalition (GLWC) to establish a common methodology for calculating Living Wage.


The concepts of “living wage” and “living income” are both about achieving a decent standard of living for households, however, living wage is applied in the context of hired workers (in factories, on farms, etc.), whereas living income is discussed in the context of any income earner, such as self-employed farmers.

The GLWC is a partnership between Fairtrade International, the Forest Stewardship Council, GoodWeaveRainforest Alliance, the Sustainable Agriculture Network, Social Accountability International, ISEAL Alliance and international living wage experts Dr. Richard Anker and Ms. Martha Anker. They come together with the shared mission to see continuous improvements in workers’ wages in the farms, factories, and supply chains participating in their respective certification systems and beyond, and with the long term goal for workers to be paid a living wage.


The Global Living Wage Coalition (GLWC) aims to develop living wage benchmark estimates in many countries based on a single definition and methodology to calculate living wage, and as a critical step to enable industries and companies to move towards paying a living wage. Each living wage benchmark commissioned by the GLWC is made public to further this aim and to increase the opportunity for collaboration toward payment of a living wage.

The Living Income Community of Practice works closely with the GLWC to share learning and develop efficiencies around calculating the cost of a decent standard of living in both wage and income contexts.


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