We recognize that freedom of association, collective bargaining and overall social dialogue at the workplace is key in order for wages to improve towards a living wage and beyond.

Local organisations (including trade unions, governments and/or NGO’s) that calculate living wage benchmarks can apply to get IDH recognized if they meet the criteria.




We advise for an active participation of unions/workers representatives when companies fill and submit the Salary Matrix

  • We advice for HR to fill the Salary Matrix and to share with unions/worker representatives for them to check the aggregated results.
  • Local unions/workers representatives should be informed on how a living wage benchmark is chosen as input on the Salary Matrix.


As included in the ‘’Guidelines for verifying wages and living wage gaps’’, an active participation of unions/workers representatives is recommended during the Salary Matrix verification, including the verification of the in-kind benefits added into the Salary Matrix.


Unions/workers representatives should be involved in the discussions to improve wages

  • We recommend that companies consider including projects that actively enhance social dialogue across their living wage work.
  • The living wage work should not limit local bargaining power or collective bargaining agreements. Union organizations could use the Salary Matrix in their toolkits to support unions


Union organizations will be one of the targeted audiences to share learnings with.