The case for living wages: how paying living wages improves business performance and tackles poverty

Empirical study
Research report

Published 16th May 2022 by Business Fights Poverty, University of Cambridge, Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and Shift. Authored by Nelson. J., Barford. A., Gilbert. R., Beales. A. and Zorila. M.

Summary

The payment of living wages remains one of the most powerful routes to help people out of poverty, start to tackle inequality, realise human rights and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is growing recognition that poverty wages pose a significant barrier to progress on all these issues. However, too many businesses still see living wages as a challenge rather than an opportunity. This paper seeks to change the narrative. It provides a new perspective on what paying living wages offers to companies. and demonstrates that living wages generate a wealth of benefits to workers, businesses and society.

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The case for living wages: how paying living wages improves business performance and tackles poverty

Empirical study
Research report

Published 16th May 2022 by Business Fights Poverty, University of Cambridge, Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and Shift. Authored by Nelson. J., Barford. A., Gilbert. R., Beales. A. and Zorila. M.

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