Dr. Bronner’s, a certified organic and fair trade soap and cosmetics manufacturer, has been campaigning for policies that support fair pay for the US’ lowest-paid workers since 2015. Mike Bronner, President of Dr. Bronner’s, talks to Cosmetics Business about why the cause is worth considering
What is the minimum wage in the US at the moment?
The federal minimum wage in the US is current set at USD$7.25 per hour. Minimum wage does vary by state; Wyoming and Georgia have the lowest minimum wage per their state laws, at $5.15 per hour, and some states have no legislation in place to set a minimum wage, such as Louisiana and Mississippi. Massachusetts and California currently have the highest minimum wage laws in effect in the US at $10 per hour.
Is any action being taken to equalise the minimum wage?
There are a number of organisations working to raise the minimum wage state-by-state. Business for a Fair Minimum Wage is one example of such an organisation working to build a coalition among business owners in support of raising the minimum wage.