Poverty

human beingPoverty is one of the major sustainability issues itself and the one most influencing other issues. Global population growth, climate, conflict, health and safety conditions, erosion, forest clearing. pollution and many other conditions, all have a strong (positive or negative) relation to the issue of poverty. Every human being has the right to a human worthy life. The primary mechanism of distribution of wealth currently is the remuneration of labour, by which every person should be able to earn a human worthy existence. This standard considers minimum wages as a necessity, but also recognizes that the marketplace determines prices and wages in free competition by the law of demand and supply. However, especially in agriculture and fishery but also in other, mostly labour intensive branches, many small businesses are not able to earn a fair wage by too low prices which they obtain for their products. Therefore this standard includes criteria on fair pay of both wages and products.

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