What do Ethical Businesses and business leaders do?
Ethical business leaders are essential partners in stopping wage theft and restoring middle class jobs that can support families in this nation. Ethical business leaders not only try to do the right thing with their own employees, but they publicly advocate with their peers to do the right thing. They are willing to speak publicly about the need for stopping wage theft and paying workers decent wages and benefits.
IWJ's Kim Bobo hosts the weekly Good Works Chicago program which interviews employers who:
- Pay workers above the norm, because they believe that workers’ pay should lift them out of poverty and they want to retain valuable employees. The actual amount workers are paid varies greatly by sector and the length of the time the company has been in business.
- Provide some benefits and are seeking to add more.
- Encourage workers to have a voice in the workplace.
- Offer training and opportunities for advancement to workers.
- Hire and promote a diverse workforce.
Our friends from the Tompkins County Workers' Center and Just Economics have developed Living Wage certification programs that lift up businesses that do right by their employees and pay them a living wage. The Madison Workers' Rights Center and Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of South Central Wisconsin developed a Just Dining guide for downtown Madison restaurants.
Want to bring a Living Wage program to your community?