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25 May 2022

Fairphone, Unilever, Tony's Chocolonely, L’Oréal, Nestlé & over 50 others

Over 60 companies, investors & initiatives call on EU to ensure living wages & incomes are included in final due diligence directive

"Press release: Over 60 companies & NGOs call on EU to make living wages & income a human right", 25 May 2022

An alliance of over 60 companies and NGOs are calling on the European Parliament to ensure that living wages and incomes are included as a human right in the final corporate sustainability due diligence directive (EU CSDDD) and that their definitions should not be compromised.

The letter, initiated by Fairphone, is signed by companies, investors and initiatives of different industries, countries and sizes, ranging from multinationals to SMEs. Signatories include companies like Schneider Electric, Unilever, Axfood, Nudie Jeans, Fairphone, Tony's Chocolonely, L’Oréal and Nestlé as well as initiatives such as UN Global Compact, Fairtrade, Fair Wear Foundation, Solidaridad and more.

Earlier this year, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a directive on corporate sustainability due diligence. The European Parliament is now further developing this legislation. The signatories call on the Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the member states:

● To ensure living wages and incomes are included as a human right in the final Directive

● Not to compromise on the definitions of living wage and income

...Living wages and income can help strengthen company performance and profitability, while tackling poverty and inequality worldwide. The inclusion of living wages and incomes in the EU corporate sustainability due diligence directive is essential. The time for living wage and incomes is now...

Click here to view the full letter.