The ethics of the living wage: a review and research agenda

Werner, Andrea ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3746-7248 and Lim, Ming (2016) The ethics of the living wage: a review and research agenda. Journal of Business Ethics, 137 (3). pp. 433-447. ISSN 1573-0697 (doi:10.1007/s10551-015-2562-z)

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Abstract

To date, business ethicists, corporate social responsibility scholars as well as management theorists have been slow to provide a comprehensive and critical scrutiny of the Living Wage concept. The aim of this article, therefore, is to conceptualize the living wage (LW) in its philosophical as well as practical dimensions in order to open up the ethical implications of its introduction and implementation by companies. We set out the legal, socio-institutional and economic contexts for the debates around the LW and review arguments for, and against, it. Key philosophical arguments from the perspectives of sustainability, capability and externality are invoked and discussed in order to demonstrate the issues and challenges involved for companies, state and civil society actors. Relevant examples from the private sector are examined to demonstrate some of the practical issues involved when the LW is introduced by employers. The article also recommends avenues for a research agenda into the LW for business ethicists, CSR and management researchers in contexts such as the UK, where a voluntary, rather than mandatory, approach to the implementation of the LW is adopted.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation > Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics group
Item ID: 14388
Notes on copyright: © The Author(s) 2015. Open Access: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and the source are credited.
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Depositing User: Andrea Werner
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2015 18:16
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2019 02:45
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/14388

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