A fair pay food sector

How can food businesses ensure everyone in food value chains gets paid and treated fairly?

This Business Forum on ‘a fair pay food sector’ explored the vexed question of fair pay and fair treatment of food and farming workers. Many food businesses have had a tough two years, and even those that stayed open during the pandemic saw their incidental costs increase. However, a relatively strong financial performance alongside the crucial role that food sector employees have played during the COVID-19 crisis has shone a spotlight on the low pay of these employees.

Is a real living wage – not just in the company – but along whole supply chains the answer, or part of the answer? What else might be needed? We explored these questions and more.

Our speakers at this online meeting were:

  • Martin Buttle, Head of Good Work, ShareAction¬†and
  • Jessica Goble, Senior Programme Manager, Living Wage Foundation

Our Business Forum report shares key insights from the discussion.