MoveUP Board endorses Living Wage Campaign

July 29, 2009

The MoveUP Executive Board voted to endorse the Living Wage Campaign, aimed at lifting children and working families out of poverty.

The Living Wage is different from the minimum wage, which is the legislated minimum set by the provincial government. The Living Wage calls on employers to meet  a higher standard for both their direct staff and major contractors – it reflects what people need to support their families based on the actual costs of living in a specific community.  

Learn more about what you can do to help the Living Wage Campaign here.  

It is possible to behave ethically, and pay the Living Wage, while working to earn a profit. It makes sense as a business strategy since it creates goodwill among customers, employees and the community. Trying to increase profits by being unethical or ignoring such concerns will eventually result in increased cost and zero short-term benefit.

-Ian Tew, Head of Workplace at KPMG, London, UK