Living Wage For US
Michelle Murray is the founder of Living Wage For US (LW4US), a U.S. based national living wage advocacy nonprofit and certification system launched in November 2021. The LW4US Standard was developed through a consultative process convened by Oxfam America, including unions, labor advocates, leading employers, and gender justice organizations. LW4US also works with employers wherever they are in their living wage journey to find cost effective ways to close living wage gaps. Michelle has twelve years of global living wage/income experience, as former Manager of the Global Living Wage Coalition and founder and CEO of On-Up LLC. Much of Michelle’s work centers on tying research to action by managing and providing technical backstopping and methodological guidance for living wage/income studies, gaining global and country specific acceptance of benchmarks, valuing total remuneration against a living wage, implementing living wage requirements and strategies, supporting living wage certification systems or requirements in existing sustainability standards systems, and moving entire industries toward living wage and living income targets through advocacy and multi-stakeholder engagement. Michelle began her living wage work as Director of Operations for Social Accountability International, home of the SA8000 standard. She has also supported living wage/income initiatives of the World Banana Forum (WBF), World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), Global Coffee Platform (GCP), and the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). She partners on solutions, working with the UK Living Wage Foundation, UN Global Compact, Share Action, and World Benchmarking Alliance to create a global mapping of living wage efforts and build a global living wage community of practice. With IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative as a creator of an approved living wage benchmark methodology. And as a member of the WageMap Consortium, standardizing living wage estimations and remuneration valuation.