Conference by the National Contact Point, October 27th, 2015

08:30 Registration & coffee
09:00 Opening

by Lodewijk de Waal, Chairman of the National Contact Point OECD Guidelines

Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead (ILO): A living wage: what does it mean and why is it important?
Herman Mulder (NL NCP OECD Guidelines): Living wage in the context of the OECD Guidelines and Sustainable Development Goals
Jordy van Honk (IDH): "Lessons learned: working towards living wages in the Malawi tea industry"

Panel “Towards a living wage: responsibilities and dilemma's”, including Jos Huber (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Lucia van Westerlaak (FNV), Caroline Wildeman (Hivos), Philip den Ouden (FNLI)

10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Choose your industry track
Track Agro/food

(in collaboration with FNLI, CBL & Fairfood International, moderator Melanie Peters)

Value chain panel with representatives of different stages in the value chain (highlighting influence & ability to work on this topic)

Speakers include René Kouwenhoven (FNV), Marc Jansen (CBL), Anniek Mauser (Unilever), Ioan Nemes (Oxfam Novib)

Living Wage Coalition (ISEAL Alliance), Michelle Bhattacharyya: what is the role of standards and certification for living wage in the agriculture & food supply chain

Track Electronics & technical manufacturing (moderated by Herman Bavinck)

Interactive session on “Strategies for fair wages and improving labour conditions” with Marcel Jacobs (Philips), Pauline Overeem (GoodElectronics) and Hansje van der Zwaan-Plagman (ASN Bank)

12:30 Lunch
13:30 Track Agro / food
Choose your break-out session, focused on “what practical steps can a company take within now and five years to achieve a living wage?”
Break-out A

How do you assess risk and prioritize between ingredients of complex products to work towards living wages in individual supply chains? This session is facilitated by FNLI.

Break-out B

Approach for single products: Fairfood and Hivos facilitate an interactive session and invite stakeholders to think along with companies on different levels of the supply chain about how they can promote living wages. The SER brochure on living wages will be used as a starting point for the discussion.

Track Electronics (continued)
ISEAL Alliance, Michelle Bhattacharyya, presents results of living wage benchmark in China, with discussion on implementation

Dr. Olga Martin-Ortega (University of Greenwich, ElectronicWatch) presents the role of responsible procurement in the electronics industry, with response of PIANOo and discussion

15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Closing session:

What have we learned and what is next?

Discussion with industry representatives, responding to keynotes & sessions, with Veronique Timmerhuis, Secretary General of the Social and Economic Council (SER)

16:30 Closing drinks