Although the right to a living wage is a human right, as enshrined in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a huge number of workers in global food supply chains are paid wages they cannot survive on. They are forced to work long hours and are still unable to provide for their needs, and those of their family, such as nutritious food, healthcare, clothes, education and housing.
This is why Fairfood believes the failure to pay a living wage is one of the most pressing issues to be solved in our fight against poverty and hunger, as well as being one of the worst labour crimes committed against workers.Read more about the programme
Safe and healthy working conditions are a prerequisite to just and fair labour rights of workers. Unfortunately, in food supply chains these working conditions are not always guaranteed. Many workers in factories and on farms, especially in the Global South, are subjected to dangerous and/or substandard working conditions. This includes health concerns such as exposure to pesticides, as well as low wages that need to be compensated for by working too many hours per day, often without proper breaks. These deplorable conditions greatly affect vulnerable workers.
This is why Fairfood is pushing companies to ensure positive change in the lives of workers by implementing safe and healthy working conditions.Read more about the programme
Power in food supply chains is largely concentrated in the hands of a relatively small number of multinational companies, wholesalers and retailers, often based in the wealthier consumer countries. The highly competitive climate in which these players operate results in significant and continuous reduction of costs, which severely impacts producers’ ability to earn a decent income. At the end of the day, the ones most negatively impacted by this trend are the smallholder farmers.
This is why Fairfood is pushing for fair price mechanisms that will enable smallholder farmers to have the bargaining power for a just trading system, thus improving the quality of life for farmers, their families and their local communities .Read more about the programme