Project Description


Hivos is an international NGO that promotes sustainability in specific commodity groups. Hivos has used true pricing in its campaigns to initiate positive engagements with commodity production systems in Africa, Asia, and other regions, giving them actionable advice on further improving their financial, social, and environmental performance. Hivos commissioned the Impact Institute* to create a business case for implementing the Living Wage in Kenyan Rose farms for use by all actors in the supply chain and to influence CSR.

Project description

This study was designed to explore the business case for closing the living wage gap across the entire rose supply chain in Kenya. the Impact Institute calculated the living wage in Lake Navaisha based on the costs in this area to provide the standard of living for a family as defined in Universal Declaration of Human Rights.​

Our analysis showed that farmers earn less than the living wage. The results pointed out that closing the living wage gap costs €0.02 per rose. Strategies to close this gap were presented in our report.

Benefits to the client

The results of this study sparked Hivos and Fairfood International to start the Living Wage Lab so that stakeholders can collaborate for more sustainable supply chains. Hivos can also stimulate cooperation across the supply chain, including at producer and farmer level. The study also presented the increased willingness to pay; therefore, Hivos can justify a higher price for certified roses by presenting the decreased living wage gap.

The customer was working with the Impact Institute under its former name, True Price