In the afternoon, we will host six breakout sessions to get practical for speeding up and scaling up action. Please note that all six breakout sessions will take place simultaneously. Below, you can find the description and speakers for each breakout session.

Please choose one session per round and register using the link received by email. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

1. Practical Strategies and Case Studies: Advancing Living Wages in Global Supply Chains

Delve into four company cases that are at different levels of development in their living wage journeys, but all with an equal commitment to advancing living wages in their supply chains. Speakers will share their first-hand experience, but be prepared to contribute your own insights. This session will be all about knowledge exchange for companies, focused on living wages in global supply chains.

Speakers: Matteo Squire (Unilever); Estelle Brennan (Labeyrie Fine Foods UK); Maximilian Iciok (Lidl International); Lahari de Alwis, (Twinings)

2. Driving Living Income: Strategic Partnerships and Practical Solutions for Impact

Partnerships and tools can be better harnessed to make progress towards living income. Find out about practical strategies, tools, and partnership models that enable living income interventions, from investments for building infrastructure to the optimisation of land and yield.

Speakers: Vera Espindola Rafael (Ministry of Agriculture Mexico); Abdulahi Aliyu (Rikolto International)

3. Leave No One Behind: Building Inclusive Supply Chains

How can living income approaches better include farmers with small land sizes or higher vulnerability levels? This session will explore how companies can inclusively integrate living income into their business practices. This means looking at business interventions and procurement practices that allow companies to make progress on closing living income gaps whilst also preventing the exclusion of smaller farmers in the desire to meet targets.

Speakers: Selma van der Haar (KIT); Yves-Pascal Suter (OFI); Angela Tejada Chavez (The Hershey Company); Carla Veldhuyzen van Zanten (Fairtrade International); Yuca Waarts (Wageningen University & Research)

4. Next Step After Launch of ILO Living Wage Guidance: Strengthening the Link Between Corporate Initiatives and Labour Relations 

Join us for an insightful panel discussion, moderated by the ILO, that will translate the ILO’s recently published living wage recommendations into practice. Learn from several examples of companies and unions working together to improve wages and strengthen labour relation systems, both in their supply chains and own operations.

Speakers: Patrick Belser (ILO); Charlotte Bernhard (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands); Yen Nguyen (CNV Vietnam); Janepher Nassali (Uganda Horticulture, Industrial, Service Providers and Allied Workers Union); Martine Bourcy-Reiss (Michelin); Maria Fernanda Possu Castrillon (Colombia Sugarcane union); Isabelle de Lijser (CNV); Emerson Aguirre Medina (Augura)

5. How Can Multi-Stakeholder Cooperation Enable National Strategies and Local Action for Living Wage and Living Income?

Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships are often criticised as cumbersome rounds of talks between private sector players that lack the implementation of concrete activities in producing countries. In this session, this criticism will be faced head-on through a deep dive into concrete local action as well as national strategies of producing countries on living wages and living income. Specific examples for implementation from multi-stakeholder cooperations will be utilised.

Speakers: Victor Prada (WBF – FAO); Vanusia Nogueira (International Coffee Organization)

6. Merging Economic and Environmental Goals through Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative agriculture is considered an impactful way of delivering against ambitions through carbon sequestration, soil health and reduced inputs. How can the living income movement leverage regenerative agriculture to drive impact? Farmers of any scale need to have financial incentives to cover the costs of a regenerative transition. Let’s discuss how living income strategies can support a just transition and the inclusion of farmers’ bottom lines as a direct way to reach a company’s sustainability goals.

Speakers: Marcelo Burity (Nestlé); Osei Kwame (Rainforest Alliance)


Check the other Summit pages for the full speaker lineup and other practical details.

Living Wage and Living Income Summit 2024