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Step 3: Take action 3.1 Formulate a company strategy

1. Adopt a company commitment and policy

Adopting a policy that commits your company to achieve living wages and living incomes in your supply chains will contribute to:

The company commitment and/policy can include objectives regarding:

  • A description of the issue regarding wages and/or income in the sector(s) your company operates
  • Principles guiding your supply chain (ethics, long term relationships, value distribution, collaboration, certification schemes, etc.)
  • Commitment to paying living wages/income
  • Approach to work towards living wages/income (working with producers, suppliers, etc.) 
  • Commitment to respecting labour rights, freedom of association or working hours

Examples of company commitments

Rewe Group

Taylors of Harrogate



2. Define a roadmap

Define a roadmap that establishes an action plan with specific deadlines and specific targets, moving from targets to improve transparency in the supply chain towards targets to close the income/wage gap. Targets should be ambitious yet realistic and follow a gradual approach from short term to long term. Some examples of target types:


  • Targets for procurement/internal buyers
  • Reference to living income/wage strategy or commitment


  • Targets for farmers or suppliers
  • Influence the economic viability of the producers