28 February, 2016
The Living Wage Foundation has a tough time trying to get big retailers like John Lewis and Tesco on board. However M&S is currently considering the living wage after pressure from the Craftivist Collective and ShareAction UK.
A common concern about the LLW is that prices will be passed on to the consumer. Not so, says Lisa Nathan from ShareAction UK, a charity which promotes responsible investment. She points to the example of Lidl, which has maintained competitive prices while raising wages.
For Nathan the new national living wage just doesn’t cut it. “Complying with what’s legally required isn’t quite the same as going above and beyond what it is to be a responsible business,” she says.