ALIGN: A guidance tool for living wages and incomes
The The Only Way is Up! Conference marked the launch of ALIGN. ALIGN is a platform that gives access to existing resources on living wage and living income in an interactive and customised way. The portal is meant to be a guidance tool for agri-food companies aiming to reduce complexity around the topic, prioritising easy access and accountable information to build a strong understanding of living wages and income, and assessing risks in supply chains.
A needs assessment conducted by True Price in the second half of 2018 among Dutch agri-food companies, showed that in order to stimulate and facilitate action in the field of living wage/living income, agri-food companies would benefit from having access to existing knowledge, good practices and potential partners. Hence, the relevance of ALIGN as an accountable guidance tool.
The platform has two main functionalities:
- A source map where the user can access information on living wage/living income either per country or per commodity
- An action process meant to be a step-by-step guide for companies approaching the theme of living wage/living income
The tool was initially developed for a few selected countries and commodities and will expand from there. These pre-selected countries are Costa Rica, Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia, and the pre-selected commodities are bananas, cacao, flowers and coffee.
ALIGN is the result of an ongoing partnership between Hivos, Fairfood (as part of the Living Wage Lab project) and the Rainforest Alliance, with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, implemented by GIZ.