Gibran Khan

Gibran Khan assesses the state of the movement towards living wages. He argues that while there is overwhelming evidence that a number of brands are “getting their feet wet” in testing living wage initiatives, there is substantial variation in the degree of implementation towards it. Most brands engaged in this effort are conducting scattered pilots in different countries and aiming for a strategy that gradually moves towards living wages using wage ladders and benchmarking tools. Gibran also studies the differences in the methodology to calculate living wages, noting factors such as average family size, health care costs, and what qualifies as a sufficient diet in different parts of the world. Moving forward, he will be researching the progress of the Accord in Bangladesh, and tying in his research on living wages to assess wage improvements for supply chain workers in the country.