A step towards supporting the economic stability-
In order to help certification agencies, governments, NGOs and active players of the supply chain find a clear view of living wage gap that exist in a given population, be it tea producing Malawi, flower producing Kenya or wine-grape producing South Africa, the Global Living Wage Coalition has released its report regarding one of the most important coffee growing regions of the world; Minas Gerais in Brazil.
Five certification organizations have played their part including one NGO Social Accountability International. When the workers have some solid data, they stand a better chance while negotiating for better wages. Companies, co-operatives and any active players in the coffee supply chain that work for sustainability in coffee production can equally benefit from the report.
The current wage in the mentioned region is going around $383 US dollars a month while the targeted living wage was found to be $477 per month. Life essentials like food, healthcare and education are taken into account while estimating the living wage for a targeted region. The model family consisted of two adults and two children with 1.7 workers per family when the estimate was generated.
The report on Minas Gerais depicts a better situation for the permanent coffee wage workers in the region as compared to the other poverty stricken areas of the world; however a gap still exist.
The technique to determine the living wage seemed to work well in an upper middle income country like Brazil with most houses facilitated with indoor water and toilet, electricity, regular garbage collection and relatively nutritious diet including bread, meat and eggs at least once a day. Public healthcare and schooling system is also better off according to the report. The same can be hoped for other regions of the world as the coalition looked forward to publishing 10 more studies.