Supermarkets are increasingly committed to close living income and living wage gaps in their value chains. However, as the value chains of supermarkets’ products comprise numerous businesses located in many sectors and geographies, making concrete steps towards human rights compliance can be extremely challenging and resource-intensive.
We have developed a modular and scalable approach to enable supermarkets to develop a grounded and actionable living income and living wage strategy – in line with the OECD guidelines and the UN guiding principles for business and human rights – that can complement supermarkets’ existing activities and strategic elements.
Our Global Impact Database, contains validated data for the calculation of living wage and living income, offering the opportunity to make data-driven estimates of the material gaps within supermarkets’ global value chains. In addition, by combining our GID with supermarkets’ primary data, we can modulate and scale-up this approach.
The results of our value chain impact assessment will enable supermarkets to understand the underpayment and underearning problem, to identify the potential drivers for change, and to integrate and promote responsible practices within their value chains.