Liveable Wage Assessment among plantation and factory workers in Lao PDR

Burapha Agro-Forestry Company Limited Burapha Agro-Forestry is a Lao-Swedish wood product manufacturing company, with its own sawmill, processing facilities and plantations based in the Lao PDR. With a strong commitment to managing and developing the business in a sustainable manner, Burapha believes that balancing the economic, environmental, and social responsibilities is necessary for sustainable business and beneficial to all stakeholders. The assessment demonstrated the extent to which Burapha was paying a liveable wage in all districts where the firm is operational. This factored in all living costs and against a baseline standard of living using the World Food Programme’s ‘Minimum Expenditure Basket’ methodology.  It also looked at recent inflation data to provide an assessment of how living costs may increase in the next 5 years.