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ETI welcomes Oxfam briefing paper & emphasises shared responsibility for paying living wages

Author: Sabita Banerji, Ethical Trading Initiative, Published on: 21 January 2015

"Who's Responsible For Paying Living Wages?", 8 Jan 2015

Workers all over the world...are often paid...[too] little...Brands...earn large profits from their trade. But...they...are not the ones paying the workers their wages...[a]ny more than...customers...are...[G]overnments have a responsibility to set national minimum wages that are sufficient for workers and their families to live on...The Guiding Principles also say that business and government together are responsible for ensuring that when human rights are breached, workers can get redress...One of the Ethical Trading Initiative's nine Base Code clauses is that living wages are paid...ETI members have made a commitment to...the goal of living wages being paid for all workers in the supply chains...ETI very much welcomes the new living wage briefing paper from Oxfam, who is...a founder member [of ETI]...

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