After looking into the different challenges of putting living wage and income projects in place, we now advance to a question that keeps coming: why we are still surrounded by pilots, and few initiatives towards decent pay in agri-food supply chains that were turned into concrete business practices?
The next session of Fairfood’s Living Wage & Income Lab will open a series of talks, “From Pilot to Strategy”, focusing on the elements needed to turn living wage and income programs into actual business practices.
Together with companies that already found their way to internalize inclusive purchasing practices, we will look into what’s preventing living wage and income initiatives to scale up. More specifically, how are the frontrunners dodging these obstacles? And always reflecting on the uncomfortable question: are we finally ready to talk prices?
To kick-off, we will have lessons from interventions from the tea and the coffee sector with speakers from the multi-stakeholder initiative The International Roundtable for Sustainable Tea (THIRST), supporting companies in assessing their supply chains to do better, and from tea brand Frank About Tea, who started already with a business model committed to improving farmers’ livelihoods.
Why them? Frank About Tea invests 2% of all turnover in farmer training courses in the communities where they work. They have already successfully trained more than 300 farmers. THIRST is a knowledge and action platform for civil society actors and tea industry stakeholders who are committed to working together to create a fair and thriving tea industry. They have developed a 3-step journey to support organizations working in the sector, and this is what she’s bringing to the table.
Also during the session, we will introduce ALIGN’s newest Living Wage & Income Dataset, a document created to support companies, consultants and impact experts working to assess risks in agri-food supply chains.
Mark your calendar: Our Change Lab takes place on December 6th, and you can expect an in-person hands-on session at the Social Impact Factory, in Utrecht. To join the session, make sure to register here, and we’ll confirm your presence via email! For questions, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.