The Richmond Living Wage Certification Program is a joint initiative of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and the Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building.
The program, which was launched in March 2018, recognizes that the current Virginia minimum wage ($7.25) is woefully inadequate. Paying a living wage, which enables local employees to put food on the table and a roof over their heads, is a moral imperative.
“Everyone who works deserves to earn a living wage. And it’s not $7.25 an hour. To truly give our residents a chance to escape the stranglehold of generational poverty and climb the ladder to self-sufficiency, people need to make more per hour than many of us pay for a coffee.” – Mayor Levar Stoney, City of Richmond
“For us it is moral imperative that we make decisions such as offering a just wage…. A living wage goes far beyond the rate of pay; it is instead an overall philosophy of how we, as an employer, support our coworkers so that they can thrive, not just survive.”
– Paul Junod, Director of Human Resources, Bon Secours Virginia Health System
This voluntary process is designed to:
- Recognize employers who are already paying their workers a living wage
- Urge consumers to patronize area businesses that provide living wages
- Encourage employers who are not currently paying a living wage to adopt the program’s standards
Richmond Living Wage Certification Program
Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
1716 E. Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23223
Criteria for Certification
The Richmond Living Wage Certification Committee reviewed a variety of ways to calculate a “living wage” and decided on the following certification levels for 2017-2018:
Gold Level Certification
$16.00 per hour or more (or $14.50 plus health care)
Silver Level Certification
$12.50 per hour or more (or $11.00 plus health care)
$11.00 per hour or more (or $9.50 plus health care)
Companies apply for certification to a Certification Committee composed of community and religious leaders. The process allows for additional kinds of offsets and exempts some workers. Details are provided in the application.
View the list of Richmond Area Certified Employers here.