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European Outdoor Group announces living-wage roundtable

August 26, 2011
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The European Outdoor Group (EOG) and the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) have announced an outdoor-industry roundtable meeting to discuss the issues surrounding ‘a living wage’.

According to the EOG, over recent years there has been a growing awareness about the need to ensure the provision of a living wage to workers within global supply chains. It says this is especially the case in most Asian countries, where the national wage legislation falls short of allowing textile workers a wage from which they can provide for a family.

General secretary Mark Held said: “The crucial issue is not the principle involved, as that should be accepted by everyone with a conscience, but more how to calculate a fair wage and what mechanisms can be use to ensure its provision. In short, how can a fair-wage policy be implemented?”

The EOG says it sees its role as a conduit to provide everyone working within the outdoor industry with information and to introduce potential solutions. Together with representatives from the Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFW), the CCC-Network and the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), it is providing a platform for the industry to discuss the current state of living-wage models and possible implementation solutions.

The roundtable will take place on Thursday, October 27, in Berlin, Germany. Speakers will include: Annanya Bhattacharjee, Society for Labour and Development, India, co-ordinator of global activities of the Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFW)); May Wong, Globalisation Monitor, Hong Kong, a member of the international steering committee of the AFW; Ineke Zeldenrust, Clean Clothes Campaign international secretariat, The Netherlands; and Henrik Lindholm, Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), The Netherlands, international verification coordinator of the FWF.

Anyone wishing to attend should e-mail to Mark Held: mark.held@europeanoutdoorgroup.com