On 22 January 2019, in a press released published the same day (here), Italian financial services company UniCredit announced the signature with UNI Global Union of a Global agreement that secures human and labor rights as well as responsible, sustainable sales practices for the bank’s 147,000 employees in 22 countries.’ This landmark agreement concluded by the Italian banking group includes responsible sales protection (fair, transparent, sustainable employee sales targets and financial products that meet client needs). In 2015 UniCredit signed an initial commitment to responsible selling (c.f. article No. 9105). This global framework agreement also covers several areas including specific commitments on protecting human rights, combatting sexual misconduct, harassment and bullying, including the ongoing commitment to adopt the necessary measures to combat the risk of sexual harassment in the workplace and combatting discrimination and promoting diversity. Planet Labor will report on the contents of the agreement when they become available.
On 18 January 2019, Spanish hotels group Meliá Hotels International and the IUF (International Union of Food, Agriculture, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations) signed an international agreement to help prevent sexual harassment. In a press statement by the group this new agreement (In 2015 Meliá Hotels International signed a global agreement on fundamental human rights c.f. article No. 8055) provides an international framework for the detection and prevention of sexual harassment and for improving action protocols put in place by Meliá Hotels International in the countries in which it operates. Based on a Meliá Hotels International policy of zero tolerance for sexual harassment, regardless of gender and sexual orientation, both Meliá and the IUF aim to prevent harassment by raising public awareness while also ensuring all necessary measures are taken against this type of violence. The agreement will also become a benchmark document for all the countries in which Meliá Hotels International operates and which do not have a branch of the IUF, forming an integral part of its commitment to equality and health and safety at work. Planet Labor will also report on the contents of the agreement when they become available.