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Unilever: We will not work with suppliers that don't pay living wage

Christian Fernsby |
Unilever has said that by 2030 it will refuse to do business with any firm that does not pay at least a living wage or income to its staff.

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The consumer goods giant defined a living wage as one that covered a family's basic needs "and helped them break the cycle of poverty".

It said it wanted to raise wages for people outside its own workforce in order to promote economic inclusion.

"Our ambition is to improve living standards for low-paid workers worldwide," it said.

"We will therefore ensure that everyone who directly provides goods and services to Unilever earns at least a living wage or income, by 2030."

The wage should be enough to cover food, water, housing, education, healthcare, transport and clothing, and also include a provision for unexpected events, Unilever said.

The firm said it was working with partners to establish exact rates of pay in the 190 countries where it operates.

However, Unilever's chief human resources officer Leena Nair said it would pay twice as much as the minimum wage in some countries.

Unilever’s main commitments include:

Ensuring that everyone who directly provides goods and services to the company earns at least a living wage or income, by 2030

Spending €2 billion annually with suppliers owned and managed by people from under-represented groups, by 2025

Pioneering new employment models for our employees, and equipping 10m young people with essential skills to prepare them for job opportunities, by 2030.


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