Jan here with a bit of activism on a Monday afternoon
Many of you know that living wages are a topic close to our hearts. Our living wage program has been up and running since 2019. For less than $2 extra per phone, all people working in factories that don’t earn a living wage get an additional salary of up to three months.
As with most things Fairphone, the idea here is to establish living wages as the new normal in the electronics industry and have other (read: bigger) players adopt our frameworks in their assembly factories to really scale the impact. We’ve openly shared our guidelines, investment calculators and our legal templates - We’ve even sent personal letters to the CEOs of all the big smartphone brands out there, just in case they missed our invite… but no answer yet.
However, there’s a new opening for us to put living wages on the map. As part of their upcoming Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, we’re calling on the EU to make living wages a human right. Every signature in this petition gets us closer to adding it to the ballot.:
I was not able to find the recipient of the petition on change.org - thanks for providing it here. Maybe you want to communicate that gap to them - ?
I very much appreciate your work, am a happy user of FP2 on FPOOS and have moved some family members to Fairphone and/or /e/. The combination of sustainability, social responsibility and privacy I get with your products is unparalleled (as far as I can tell) - that is worth a significant premium for me.