The Global Living Wage Coalition is an unprecedented collaboration between sustainability standards organisations and two renowned living wage experts, driven by a common interest in improving wages for workers around the world.
Members and partners of the GLWC—Fairtrade International, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), GoodWeave International, the Rainforest Alliance/UTZ, the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), Social Accountability International (SAI), ISEAL Alliance, and international living wage experts Dr. Richard Anker and Ms. Martha Anker—each recognized the need for a shared definition of living wage, a common methodology to measure it, and coordinated efforts to drive progress at a global scale. The GLWC comes together with the shared mission to promote continuous improvements in workers’ wages in the farms, factories, and supply chains participating in their respective systems and beyond, and a vision that includes living wages for all workers.
The GLWC Secretariat
ISEAL is a formal partner of the GLWC and serves as fiscal sponsor and home to the secretariat. Kristin Komives, Director, Impacts, represents ISEAL in the secretariat and Karin Kreider, Executive Director serves on the GLWC Strategic Advisory Roundtable. Contact Kristin Komives to learn more about how ISEAL is moving forward on living wage firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Living Wage Coalition (GLWC)
The GLWC is coordinated by Michelle Bhattacharyya. For more information on the work of the GLWC contact Michelle Bhattacharyya at email@example.com.
Creators of the Anker Methodology
Creators of the Anker Methodology
Richard Anker holds a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan. He is retired after 30 years with the International Labour Organization (ILO) where he was a senior economist. He is presently a senior research fellow at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) in the University of Massachusetts (Amherst).
Martha Anker holds a M.A. in mathematics from the University of Michigan. She is retired after 25 years with the World Health Organization (WHO) where she was an epidemiologist and statistician. After retirement from WHO, she taught in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences in the University of Massachusetts (Amherst).
Management Committee and Strategic Advisory Roundtable
Represented on the Management Committee and Strategic Advisory Roundtable by Wilbert Flinterman, Senior Advisor, Workers’ Rights and Trade Union Relations. Contact Wilbert Flinterman to learn more about how Fairtrade is moving forward on living wage firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
Represented on the Management Committee by Joachim Meier-Dörnberg, Social Policy Manager and by Hans Joachim Droste, Policy and Standards Director, on the Strategic Advisory Roundtable. Contact Joachim Meier-Dörnberg to learn more about how FSC is moving forward on living wage email@example.com.
Represented on the Management Committee by Biko Nagara, Senior Manager, Certification Systems and Nina Smith, CEO, on the Strategic Advisory Roundtable. Contact Biko Nagara to learn more about how GoodWeave is moving forward on living wage Biko@goodweave.org.
The Rainforest Alliance - Represented on the Strategic Advisory Roundtable by Britta Wyss Bisang, Chief of Sustainable Supply Chains, and Jessica Grillo, Senior Advisor on Livelihoods and Human Rights. Represented on the Management Committee by Jessica Grillo and Noura Hanna, Workers’ Rights and Livelihoods Expert.
In January 2018, the Rainforest Alliance merged with UTZ, another founding member of the GLWC. The UTZ and Rainforest Alliance certification programs continue to run in parallel until at least 2019. Throughout this website, UTZ and the Rainforest Alliance are listed separately where they have been involved in funding/implementing different studies and projects to date.
Social Accountabity International (SAI)
Represented on the Management Committee by Stephanie Wilson, Senior Manager, Strategic Programs and Jane Hwang, President and CEO, on the Strategic Advisory Roundtable. Contact Stephanie Wilson to learn more about how SAI is moving forward on living wage SWilson@sa-intl.org.
The GLWC has built a global network of researchers from around the world that are trained in the Anker Methodology and author benchmark estimates in their areas of the globe as well as assisting and advising on various work conducted by the GLWC. Currently the GLWC has conducted 3 trainings in China, Turkey, and Costa Rica, for over 25 researchers to build this researcher base before publishing the Living Wages Around the World: Manual for Measurement, and has trained an additional two researchers using the manual after publication.