A Living Wage is the income necessary to provide workers and their families with the basic necessities of life. A Living Wage will enable workers to live with dignity and to participate as active citizens in society.
Living Wage Movement Aotearoa New Zealand is thrilled to announce that Otago Chocolate Company (OCHO) has become the 100th accredited Living Wage Employer in New Zealand.
“Paying fair wages to workers is a core value of OCHO. We are delighted to become an accredited Living Wage Employer,” says Dr Jim O’Malley, Chair of the Board.
“We intend being a sustainable business over the long term and that includes paying people a fair wage and paying farmers a fair price for cocoa beans,” he says.
Last year OCHO joined forces with the group protesting the closure of the Cadbury factory and crowd-funded to raise $2m in equity to expand OCHO and keep chocolate making skills and jobs alive in Dunedin. From the tragedy of Cadbury’s closure, new hope has emerged for workers in Dunedin.