We partner with businesses and organizations to make a tangible difference today for a better tomorrow.
In an effort to advance on living wage across supply chains, IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative launched the IDH Roadmap on Living Wage. Since 2019, IDH has worked with Heartwood to develop game-changing tools like the Salary Matrix, along with guidance and partnerships, to help hundreds of businesses measure living wage gaps and advance on decent wages for workers.
Sustainable Food Lab (SFL) works with leading food and beverage companies to meaningfully progress toward sustainable agriculture goals. SFL partners with Heartwood to develop action-focused research and feed results into the design and maintenance of programs to improve farmer livelihoods and resiliency.
New procurement legislation; human rights due diligence frameworks; and worker demands have amplified the call for living wages. Retailers likewise recognize the link between living wages, business values and a future bottom line. Heartwood helps dozens of companies assess wage gaps, pilot worker-led verification, and identify next steps.
Impact Buying Academy is IDH's auditor training partner on living wage verification. With Heartwood's help, they developed their Salary Matrix verification training program to provide trust in the results and help all stakeholders feel more confident.
A leading certification scheme wanted to better leverage its auditing data to maximize performance measurement, reporting, and continuous improvement. They turned to Heartwood to conduct research and advise on the strategy to help them achieve their goal.
As a new carbon credit marking company, Everland LLC aimed to provide a product that buyers could trust. They partnered with Heartwood LLC to create an extra level of due diligence to enhance REDD+ project performance and reporting
Heartwood Principle, Jessica Grillo, serves on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Living Income Community of Practice (LICoP) to support the shared vision of thriving, economically stable, rural communities linked to global food and agricultural supply chains. She has written papers and guidance for the LICoP including, "Applying the
Heartwood Principle, Jessica Grillo, serves on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Living Income Community of Practice (LICoP) to support the shared vision of thriving, economically stable, rural communities linked to global food and agricultural supply chains. She has written papers and guidance for the LICoP including, "Applying the Household Economy Approach to Measure and Address Income Gaps in Agriculture Supply Chains."
Heartwood helped Burton develop policy on engaging civil society, as part of their alignment and membership with the Fair Labor Association (FLA)
Heartwood Principle Jessica Grillo helped develop a social module for a leading voluntary sustainability standard with a vision for a more human, environmentally responsible and socially just wool supply.
Heartwood contributed to the development of ISEAL Alliance guidance on indicators for landscape-scale initiatives, with the aim to improve impact measurement and provide greater transparency around claims.
Heartwood Principal, Jessica Grillo was the co-designer of an early-stage voluntary living wage certification platform for companies in the U.S., which was taken forward by Oxfam America and has since become the first living wage certification in the U.S. - now Living Wage For US
"It has been a delight to work with Jessi as a key supporter of the work we do at IDH on living wages. Her understanding of living wages, the opportunities and complexities in that field coupled with her enthusiasm, commitment and team spirit have made her support instrumental. We are grateful for her assistance and commitment to our mission."
– Ronald Sanabria, Senior Program Manager, IDH