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Organization Name

Novartis International AG

Case Story Title

Implementing a living wage globally: The Novartis approach - Case study for EHRBP II

Case Story Date


Issues Addressed

  • Principle 1 - Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
  • Principle 2 - Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
  • Principle 3 - Businesses should uphold freedom of association & effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining

Case Story Category

Internalization Project

Countries of Impact


Case Description

The case study decribes Novartis' approach to implement a voluntary initiative to pay all employees in over 60 countries living wages (distinctive from minimum wages). Because it doesn't exist an universally accepted model for implementing the living wage commitment, Novartis commissioned the non-profit business association Business for Social Responsibility to establish a methodology to calculate living wage levels.



Jurgen Brokatzky-Geiger

Matthias Streib

Contact Person


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