During the first phase of the Banana Retail Commitment on Living Wage, the private sector parties involved provided insight into the gap between current wages and living wage benchmarks.
The IDH Salary Matrix tool was rolled out in digital form to achieve this objective by 117 farms across 5 countries, constituting 42% of the Dutch retailers’ total volume of banana supply (exceeding the 33% target for the first year).
Some 57% of these farms indicated a living wage gap among at least a portion of their workforce.
The Salary Matrices accounted for 15.240 workers in total. Analysis showed that 6.019, or 39%, of workers experienced a living wage gap. The average gap was 9%.