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October 24, 2016
This award shines a spotlight on an organization that is “doing business differently,” showing commitment to the well-being of its employees through exceptional HR practices, inclusive hiring efforts, and paying a living wage.
A living wage is calculated based on the basic cost of living (food, housing) while working a full-time job. In Calgary, the living wage is $18.15 per hour without benefits and $17 with benefits.
“Doing business differently is a really important part of poverty reduction,” says Executive Director Franco Savoia. “There are more ‘working poor,’ where whatever they’re earning is not enough to meet their basic needs.”
VCC engages Calgarians and advocates for long-term strategies that address the root causes of poverty. Advocating for living wages, calculating, and updating Calgary’s living wage is something VCC has done since their beginnings in Calgary. VCC stewards the implementation of Calgary’s Enough for All poverty reduction strategy, in which living wages and doing business differently play key roles.
“The thing that we’re trying to push, for businesses especially, to think and act systemically and philanthropically. We think that if more businesses did what members of REAP do, I can tell you that can reduce poverty in the city,” says Franco.
As of now, one in 10 Calgarians lives below the poverty line. VCC hopes Calgary will cut that number in half by 2023.
Follow VCC on Twitter and Facebook for important updates about addressing poverty in our city.
Learn more about the Enough for All Strategy.
Stay tuned for the official unveiling of the 2016 Be Local Award winners on November 16th, including the winner of this year’s Empowering Communities Leader Award, as determined by VCC.
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