We partner with businesses and organizations to make a tangible difference today for a better tomorrow.
Heartwood is proud to be working, since 2019, on a pioneering initiative with IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative: the IDH Roadmap on Living Wage. This includes working with the IDH team in the development of the Salary Matrix tool - a tool that is now being used by hundreds of businesses to measure the gap between workers' current rem
Heartwood is proud to be working, since 2019, on a pioneering initiative with IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative: the IDH Roadmap on Living Wage. This includes working with the IDH team in the development of the Salary Matrix tool - a tool that is now being used by hundreds of businesses to measure the gap between workers' current remuneration and a living wage - and supporting suppliers, buyers and standard systems as they roll it out.
"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
Heartwood is thrilled to be working with Sustainable Food Lab to help food and beverage companies meaningfully progress toward their living income and sustainable agriculture goals. This includes research designed to derive actionable information, and using that information to help build and maintain strong programs.
Heartwood works with a nearly a dozen retailers, and dozens of suppliers and producers - individually and through collaborative trade initiatives - to validate living wage data and provide advise on next steps in the living wage journey.
Heartwood helped develop the first auditor trainings, offered by Impact Buying Academy, that is aligned with IDH's Roadmap on Living Wages, auditor guidelines and the Salary Matrix. The training offers the verification alignment program needed to provide trust in the results and help all stakeholders feel more confident. Auditors for over a dozen leading schemes have now been trained.
Heartwood Principle, Jessica Grillo, serves on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Living Income Community of Practice (LICoP) to support activities aligned with the vision of thriving, economically stable, rural communities linked to global food and agricultural supply chains.
We conducted research to help a leading sustainability standard maximize their use of audit information for performance measurement and reporting
We are proud to have advised on due diligence to enhance REDD+ project performance and reporting
Developed research guidance, with funding from GIZ on
Applying the Household Economy Approach to Measure and Address Income Gaps in Agriculture Supply Chains.
We helped to develop policy on engaging civil society, in alignment with Fair Labor Association (FLA) standards
We drafted a social module for a leading wool and mohair standard
We contributed to the development of guidance on indicators for landscape-scale initiatives
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