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Does the company have a public time bound action plan to pay living wage in their supply chain?

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Metric Type
Value Type
Research Policy
Community Assessed
Report Type
Supply Chain Policy document, Corporate Social Responsibility Report, Sustainability Report

This metric is part of a Clean Clothes Campaign project to investigate wages in apparel supply chains. The project, Filling the Gap: Achieving Living Wages through improved transparency, is funded by the European Commission and comprises research, campaigning, capacity building and advocacy around an innovative Transparency Tool.

The Transparency Tool enables users to see at a glance which fashion brands and retailers have the largest gaps between their public commitments on wages, what workers are actually paid, and what they should be paid to be earning a Living Wage in their regional context.

The aim of the project is to empower workers and workers’ organisations to advocate for their rights and equip consumers with the knowledge/evidence that will enable them to make responsible and sustainable shopping decisions, and to hold brands accountable. The resulting increased transparency and traceability, along with the empowerment of workers, trade unions and CSOs, will lead to concrete improvements in these global supply chains.

The research was split into two parts: a survey of the brands and an on-the-ground survey of factory workers, initially in China, Indonesia, Croatia, India and Sri Lanka. This metric is derived from the brand survey portion of the research.

Clean Clothes Campaign defines a living wage as wage that is 'earned in a standard working week of no more than 48 hours and allows the garment worker to be able to buy food for herself and her family, pay the rent, pay for healthcare, clothing, transportation and education and have a small amount of savings for when something unexpected happens.' (Source: CCC)


This metric is asking whether the company has a public time bound action plan to pay living wages to its workers. Start by searching on the company’s website and within their published documents such as policy documents, annual reports and sustainability reports.

Keywords and Search Terms

- Living wage
- Wages
- Supply chain

Answer Input

Always include the page number where you found the answer in the Comments field, as well as excerpts from the source where you found the information.

If the company has published a time-bound, public action plan describing how it will achieve a living wage for workers in its supply chain, enter the answer as 'Yes'.

If the company says it is working on improving wages for workers across its supplier network. However, it does not meet all elements of a public, time-bound action plan, enter the answer as 'Partial'.

If the company has no public plan describing how to improve wages for workers across its supplier network, enter the answer as 'No'.

Please note: 'Unknown' is not a possible answer for this metric.