Collective project on living wage started

15 November 2018
Row of wowen working at their sawing machines. Illustration for the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile.
The theme ‘living wage’ is addressed specifically in the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile. The Parties that drew up the Agreement together regard a living wage and social dialogue as essential themes. That is because progress in these two areas can have a positive impact on all the other themes. They are therefore of critical value and occupy a central place in the Agreement. Signatories can help support a living wage by adopting sustainable procurement practices.
The Signatories of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile have undertaken a collective project that addresses all of these aspects, i.e. living wage, social dialogue and sustainable procurement practices. The project activities are being developed and carried out in cooperation with the Participating Parties (trade unions, NGOs, industry associations) and Supporters. They are seeking the necessary international cooperation and scaling-up opportunities with existing initiatives.

The project combines activities at three levels: within the businesses that have signed the Agreement, at their suppliers (factories), and at the national level in the production countries. The Signatories to the Agreement are integrating support for a living wage into their Due Diligence process, procurement practices and dialogues with their suppliers/factories. The project is also working to raise awareness among and build the knowledge and capacity of suppliers in production countries. In addition, it also aims to help create a level playing field in production countries, with an increase in the minimum wage and collective bargaining at sector level leading to a vast improvement in workers’ wages throughout the entire garment and textile sector. Sustainable procurement practices in the sector must support these wage increases.

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