Sometimes when we talk about ethical factories, that can feel nebulous and vague if you don't understand the breakdown of what goes into making an ethical factory. In case you are interested in learning the 8 standards of an ethical factory you can get our free download by subscribing to our weekly newsletter here. But since one of the standards of an ethical factory is paying your workers a fair wage, you might wonder, "What is a fair wage versus a living wage? And who sets that rate?" Let's dive in.
What is the Difference Between a Fair wage and a Living Wage?
At THR3EFOLD we define an ethical factory as paying their employees a fair wage based on the standards of the many ethical certifications we accept. This means these factories are paying at least the legal minimum wage of the local country. This would be similar to the minimum wage to cost of living debate we have in America and Europe. In addition, paying a fair wage means workers are paid on time in a manner that is accessible to them, have no personal documents seized in collateral for a debt owed, and they get paid premium for overtime work. A living wage is higher than minimum wage and accounts for the living expenses of the local area. This naturally drives the labor cost up and you'll find a living wage is required from factories who have a World Fair Trade Organization certification.
What is a Living Wage?
The Asia Floor Wage Association exists to calculate living wages in Asia. These are the factors they include in their assessment.
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