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Global Framework Agreements

22 July 2021
Spain: El Corte Inglés department store and the trade unions commit to ensuring compliance with international labor standards throughout the value chain
On 14 July, Spain’s leading department store chain, El Corte Inglés signed an agreement with the CCOO and UGT trade unions, which establishes the framework for their collaboration in the application of international labor standards and the compliance of their suppliers in third party countries. The agreement guarantees information exchange and joint effort in the field, in order...
Global Framework Agreements
13 July 2021
The number of transnational company agreements being signed is in decline
Since the signing of the first transnational company agreement (TCA) in 1988 between BSN (now Danone) and the IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations), the Institut de recherches économiques et sociales (IRES, institute of social and economic research) has recorded more than 384 agreements, including 218 international framework agreements (IFAs) and 166 European framework agreements (EFAs). This inventory of signed agreements,...
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21 January 2021
TK Elevator: signs a global framework agreement
On 25 November 2020 the TK Elevator group (TKE group) together with IndustriALL Global union, the German works council, the European Works Council and the German trade union federation IG Metall signed a global framework agreement. TKE group (50,000+ employees worldwide) is the result of a spin-off by the German multi-industrial group Thyssenkrupp in early 2020. In 2015, former owner Thyssenkrupp signed a GFA on labor standards (c.f. article No. 8969) with IG Metall, and this TKE agreement has taken that up and...
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18 January 2021
Solvay: global agreement on minimum levels of protection revised to align paternity and co-parent leave with maternity leave
On 15 December 2020, the management of the Belgian chemicals firm Solvay and its global staff representation body, the Solvay Global Forum (see article n°10248), revised their first global agreement on the minimum levels of protection for employees in terms of welfare and healthcare, signed on 22 February 2017 (see article n°10083), in order to extend parental leave (mothers, fathers, co-parents and adoptive parents) to 16 weeks.
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6 April 2020
Solvay: global framework agreement on digital transformation signed
The global framework agreement on digital transformation at Belgian chemicals group Solvay was signed on 17 March after being “discussed and elaborated with the European Works Council (EWC) and the Solvay Global Forum (SGF) with the support of lndustriALL Global Union”, the document outlines. The agreement comes after one year of talks and exchanges and seeks to provide a framework for management and employee representatives to engage locally with issues raised by the digital transformation to achieve detailed...
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18 February 2020
Telenor: renews the global agreement with UNI Global Unio
On 14 February, Norwegian telecommunications company Telenor ASA signed a new global agreement with UNI Global Union that runs for three years and introduces several new provisions pertaining to equal opportunities, combatting discrimination, and treats freedom of association. The agreement covers the more than 20,000 employees in the company worldwide.
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29 January 2020
Michelin: agreement with IndustriALL Global Union to set up a Global Works Council
On 27 January, Valter Sanchez, IndustriALL Global Union General Secretary together with Florent Menegaux, CEO of Michelin Group signed an agreement that sets out in detail the membership composition of this global social dialog body and how its members will be designated. The Global Works Council will operate as an ‘observatory’ to address Michelin’s global economic, social, and environmental developments and it will aim to improve the support provided during economic transformations that occur throughout...
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17 October 2019
Umicore: global framework agreement renewed on sustainable development
On 17 October the Belgian multinational materials technology and recycling group renewed, for the third time, its global framework agreement on sustainable development that it signed with the international union IndustriALL Global Union and the different Belgian trade unions. This latest version that covers 10,000 workers globally holds stronger measures for workers’ health and safety (with notably a right to refuse or stop work and a paragraph on violence and harassment) and supply chains (especially regarding...
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18 September 2019
AccorInvest signs a global agreement with the IUF on fighting sexual harassment
On 17 September, the international trade union federation, the IUF, along with French hotels group AccorInvest announced their signing of a global agreement fighting sexual harassment at work. The agreement was officially signed on 15 July 2019 and it both sets out its zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment as well as recognizing the role trade unions and collective bargaining in eliminating sexual harassment from the workplace. The agreement covers all persons employed by the Group and operating on behalf of...
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26 August 2019
Crédit Agricole: global framework agreement signed with UNI Global Union 
On 31 July the French banking group signed with UNI Global Union, the international trade union federation of the private service sector, a global framework agreement covering basic labour rights. The agreement also contains a commitment to parenting, with the establishment of the principle of 16 weeks’ paid maternity leave, which will be available to all of the group’s female employees as of 1 January 2021. Furthermore it is recommended that entities arrange adoption or paternity leave to account for the...
Global Framework Agreements