Together we can

You simply can not achieve living wages and incomes by yourself. That is why the Living Wage Lab, an initiative by Fairfood and Hivos, brings together representatives of the government, businesses, unions, NGOs and retailers.

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A breeding ground

Fairfood started the Lab, together with Hivos, in order to help companies in the agri-food sector to find sustainable solutions for the payment of a living wage in their food supply chains. We acknowledge that companies are often not able to solve the problem of low wages alone. That is why the Living Wage Lab brings together representatives from government, trade unions, producers, retailers, NGOs, certification agencies and researchers in order to come up with solutions.


The Living Wage Lab is a platform for co-creation and experimentation: just like in a laboratory, we test ideas and try out combinations in order to jointly arrive at new ideas and prototypes aimed at tackling the living wage problem.

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Change lab

The Lab follows the approach of the ‘change lab’: a social innovation process in which stakeholders work together on a complex problem. Solutions are found in new technologies, new policy, new business models, and other forms of cooperation.

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International conference

The Lab was the breeding ground for The Only Way Is Up!, the worlds’ first international conference on living wage and income. We addressed pressing challenges with informative workshops, thought-provoking disquisitions and enlightening panel discussions.

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The Only Way Is Up! conference

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