One Banana’s Living Wage program is making a difference for workers in the company’s Guatemala operations.
The Living Wage program, part of Coral Gables, Fla.-based One Banana’s sustainability initiatives, provides an income level that allows workers to support their families and “live a full and decent life,” according to a news release.
The program goes beyond a minimum wage, which only provides for basic subsistence, according to the release.
One Banana calculated the Living Wage rate through a 2017 study in southwestern Guatemala by partnering with a firm that examined worker income data and expenses in the communities where they lived. In December 2017, One Banana workers’ average wages exceeded the Guatemalan living wage by 16% and Guatemala’s per capita GDP by 81.
“This research effort and its outcomes have made it possible for us to better understand the sociocultural reality of our workers and their families and to determine the direction and approach of our sustainable development projects,” One Banana president Robert Adams said in the release.
“Because they pay more than just the minimum wage I’ve been able to provide for my family, send my children to school, own my own home, and buy my myself a motorcycle for transportation,” Jorge Giovanni Casimiro Lopez, who has worked for One Banana for 14 years, said in the release. “None of this was possible in any of my previous jobs.”
One Banana is continuing the Living Wage programs in 2018 as part of its commitment to meet U.N. sustainability goals.