Living Wage

Low wages and excessive working hours in global supply chains often leave full-time workers and their families to live in poverty. SAI promotes the adoption of a living wage that meets workers’ basic needs to maintain a safe, decent standard of living. 

How do we measure a living wage?

Living wage is based on cost of living and varies from place to place. As a member of the Global Living Wage Coalition (GLWC), SAI helped develop the groundbreaking Anker Methodology to estimate the cost of a basic-but-decent lifestyle for workers and their families in a particular place and the necessary wage to achieve that lifestyle.

Click for details on the Anker Methodology.

What is the Global Living Wage Coalition?

The GLWC brings together six of the world’s most influential sustainability standards to improve wage levels in certified supply chains. In partnership with the ISEAL Alliance and Richard and Martha Anker, GLWC developed a state-of-the-art methodology for calculating living wage, developing a set of country-specific living wage estimates, and testing them in various sectors and countries. Living wage reports and benchmarks are openly available to the public.

Visit the GLWC website for updates and background.



How does SAI support and promote living wage?

SAI incorporates living wage advocacy in all areas of our work. Click below for more details on our work in these areas:

For more information: 

Stephanie Wilson | Senior Manager, Innovation & Partnerships |