We believe that the Living Wage is important because a fair day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. Ending poverty pay is good for business and good for society.
At ShareAction, we think that Britain’s biggest companies should take the lead on fair pay, and that starts with the FTSE 100. We bring this issue to the fore with the bosses of these companies by mobilising savers and investors to get these companies to commit to ensuring all their staff earn enough to get by.
The Living Wage rates of £10.20 in London and £8.75 for the rest of the UK are independently calculated to meet basic needs for an individual and their family. 36 of the FTSE 100 and over 4,000 companies UK-wide have signed up to the accreditation standard of the Living Wage Foundation, agreeing to pay at least these rates for all their staff, including those employed through contractors on their UK sites. In practice this means the Living Wage has an impact upon more than 68,000 families across the UK – and counting!
With more than half of pension savers saying they want their pension to engage with investee companies about the Living Wage according to a YouGov survey, we’re helping savers take their concern to their pension funds. Hearing from savers gives pension funds, as big investors, a strong impetus to raise the issue with the biggest UK companies.
To make sure these supportive investors have the maximum voice, we mobilise them together in an Investor Collaborative for the Living Wage which calls upon the FTSE100 to adopt the UK Living Wage standard.
Meanwhile, we help keep the public eye on the companies that aren’t stepping up to make sure their workers earn enough to make ends meet.
And it’s been making huge strides! Check out the successes page to see how putting the pressure on the FTSE100 through investors is making an impact.