Unilever is committed to ensuring that all its workers have a living wage
And not only that, but also that all the workers of its subcontractors also have it, and they set the year 2030 as a deadline. It seems to me a wise decision and they do well to make it known in the media, so that this fact can be monitored and become a reality.
The term of the year 2030 seems quite long to me, but you have to take into consideration that Unilever has more than 60,000 suppliers and subcontractors in the 190 countries of the world in which they operate, and this decision will end up affecting millions of people.
To make it clear what Unilever understands by living wages, they took care to define it. Unilever said: The wage should be enough to cover food, water, housing, education, healthcare, transport and clothing, and also include a provision for unexpected events
I believe that the definition includes everything a family needs to live, and it is essential that this commitment is extended to all its suppliers, wherever they are.
This type of “commitment” should be normal in all companies, and especially in those that present good economic results. But unfortunately this is not what happens and that is why Unilever’s announcement surprises (and pleases).
If we want to have a more just and inclusive society, this behavior should be normal. And things were more or less like that 50 years ago in the Western world, but in recent years the savage capitalism that has been imposed is destroying our society.
It is essential that there are people like Alan Jope (CEO of Unilever) who is convinced that customers want to buy products from companies with good credentials, and takes care so that his company has them.
I agree with him that today consumers not only look at the price, but also the social and environmental considerations, etc… of the products they buy.
Customers buy to feel “good”, and that word increasingly takes into account more implications. And the price is not the only thing, nor is it the most important thing.
Living wages make people live better and increase the wealth of a country, which in turn increases the purchasing power of people, and that generates movement in the market and sales in companies.
It is a positive circle in which we all win. Except for the selfish who only want to be the ones who win, and what they end up achieving is to impoverish everyone, including themselves.