Workers and smallholders should be able to afford a decent standard of living for themselves and their families

How do we achieve a living wage?

Within the last five years, IDH has worked with many partners to improve working conditions and close the living wage gap in several supply chains. We drive progress towards living wages by convening sectoral coalitions, taking action and continuously incorporating lessons learned. We also advise companies on how to achieve living wage in their own supply chains. Click below to find out more about our experience in three sectors:

Other IDH work on Living Wage

Other IDH work on Living Income

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    Taking steps towards a living income for coffee producers


How can we support you?

With 15 companies, sustainability standards and certifications we started the Roadmap on Living Wages, with the aim to strengthen international alignment and ensure the adoption of an uniform approach regarding living wages. Find our more about the Roadmap

IDH can support you:

  • by creating alignment and giving guidance on how to measure the gap
  • with testing and designing specific strategies to close the gap
  • through connecting, sharing and spreading the knowledge gained
  • by facilitating sector commitments and partner with individual companies

IDH supports companies in taking effective action to close the living wage and living income gap in their supply chains. We co-design and co-fund projects, innovate and develop tools to help partners close the gap (e.g. the Salary Matrix and the Sustainable Procurement Kit), and we research best practices at the producer, trader, buyer and retailer level that contribute to living wages and living incomes. We share key insights with our partners on how to make value chains more efficient and effective to close the living wage/income gap.

To drive progress towards living wages and living incomes, IDH also brings together private and public sector, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders to create a common vision, implement projects, increase leverage and to continuously learn to catalyze sustainable transformations within the entire supply chain.

To know more, get in touch with Carla Romeu Dalmau.

To overcome this century's challenges, we need structural change that puts living wage and living income at the core.

Tools & Insights

IDH Tools

What is the difference between workers’ current and living wage?

Calculate the wage gaps at field level with our Salary Matrix. This Matrix allows suppliers to assess how the salaries (plus the in-kind benefits) they provide to their workers compare to the living wage benchmark.

Salary Matrix

Get transparency about the impact of your procurement on living wage

Gain insights into buying practices and living wage contributions with the Sustainable Procurement Kit. Companies can use the Kit to assess the degree to which the price paid for a particular product enables the payment of a living wage at the supplier level.

Sustainable Procurement Kit

IDH Insights

Read our brief on living wage essentials

Our new brief on addressing inequality and reducing poverty will help you get started on living wage essentials. It provides an overview of the past developments, what is a living wage and why it is important to work towards closing the living wage gap.

Download publication

International conference on living wage and living income in global agri-food supply chains: The ‘Only Way is Up!’

At the conference, on the 6th of November in Rotterdam, we have announced the first country-wide commitment from retailers to close the living wage gap in the banana supply chain.

Learn more



For more information about the approach we take, our intervention logic and where we stand towards impact, see the KPMG midterm evaluation report on our contribution to public good impact at scale.

Read here


Title Type Year
ToR Research on smallholder coffee farmer income diversification and resilience Terms of Reference 2020
Strategy Handbook: Task Force for Coffee Living Income (TCLI) – Report Summary Report 2020
Salary Matrix – Metodologia Toolkit and guide 2020
Salary Matrix – Methodology Toolkit and guide 2020
Addressing inequality and reducing poverty – Closing the Living Wage Gap in Supply Chains Brochure 2019

Contact us to learn more

Living Wage and Living Income Strategy Leads