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A Decent Standard of Living For All

By The Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance believes that workers around the world should be paid enough money to provide a decent life for themselves and their families.

That’s why we co-founded the Global Living Wage Coalition (GLWC), a group of NGOs working with two leading researchers to identify how much money workers need to afford a decent standard of living for themselves and their families. Because costs can vary greatly within a single country, these calculations—all based on objective, rigorous research—are location-specific, and take into account differences between rural and urban areas. The GLWC, which produces these estimates, helps its members coordinate implementation efforts; it also shares its research publicly in order to support efforts aimed at improving worker wages.

What is a global living wage?

The GLWC drew from more than 60 existing living wage descriptions to arrive at this succinct definition: “A global living wage is remuneration received for a standard workweek by a worker in a particular place sufficient to afford a decent standard of living for the worker and her or his family.”

What are the basic needs that a living wage should cover?

The elements of a decent standard of living include food, water, housing, education, health care, transportation, clothing and other essential needs, including provision for unexpected events.

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