Global Framework Agreements
Global Framework Agreements (GFAs) serve to protect the interests of workers across a multinational company’s operations.
Global Framework Agreements are negotiated on a global level between trade unions and a multinational company. They put in place the very best standards of trade union rights, health, safety and environmental practices, and quality of work principles across a company's global operations, regardless of whether those standards exist in an individual country.
IndustriALL prioritizes establishing, monitoring and improving GFAs with multinational companies.
IndustriALL has existing GFAs with the following multinational corporations. Click on each company to view more information and the agreement text.
Aker, ASOS, BMW, Bosch, Daimler, EADS, EDF, Electrolux, Enel, Engie (GDF Suez), Eni, Esprit, Essity, Equinor, Ford, Gamesa, GEA, H&M, Inditex, Leoni, Lukoil, MAN, Mann + Hummel, Mizuno, Norsk Hydro, Norske Skog, Petrobras, Prym, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault, Rheinmetall, Röchling, Saab, Safran, SCA, Siemens, Solvay, SKF, Stora Enso, Tchibo, Total, ThyssenKrupp, Umicore, Vallourec, Volkswagen, ZF
IndustriALL also has global agreements with multinational corporations covering specific key topics across these corporations’ operations. These include our global health and safety agreement with ArcelorMittal and our global agreement on sexual harassment with Unilever.
Checklists for Global Framework Agreements
21 January 2019 at 20:34
As the German car manufacturer consistently refuses to accord the same rights to its workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, US, as it does in the rest of the world, IndustriALL Global Union is today suspending its long-standing global agreement with Volkswagen.
15 January 2019 at 08:53
Global corporate power is beyond anything we have ever seen. Some are calling it the triumph of the multinational companies. The limits on the power and will of national governments to call corporations to account for their adverse impacts are clear for all to see. Global corporations are tearing up the social contract, the understanding that in order to operate in a society, companies abide by certain rules in the interests of their workers and the broader public.
20 December 2018 at 16:27
IndustriALL Global Union trade union affiliates representing garment workers at H&M have agreed upon a global dispute resolution mechanism with the Swedish fashion giant, as part of IndustriALL’s global framework agreement (GFA) with the company.
12 November 2018 at 15:23
IndustriALL’s global framework agreement (GFA) working group met at the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, on 8 and 9 November to report on how GFAs are being implemented, and look at ways of strengthening them.
4 October 2018 at 08:56
Meeting in Istanbul on 28 September, GFA partners Inditex, H&M and ASOS pledged to continue with IndustriALL Global Union and industriAll Europe on building collective bargaining and better conditions for over 600,000 garment and footwear workers in South-East Europe.
3 October 2018 at 10:49
Around 130 union leaders from Turkey and Bangladesh met in Istanbul, Turkey, to exchange experiences and knowledge on union organizing, collective bargaining agreements and social dialogue within the context of the implementation of global framework agreements (GFAs).
2 July 2018 at 14:23
The global agreement exists thanks to the commitment of all negotiating parties. It is the result of a collaborative negotiation process involving 11 national union federations for companies within the EDF Group and global union federations, IndustriALL Global Union and PSI. The 13 federations are signatories to the agreement which encompasses a number of significant and innovative commitments to social responsibility.
5 June 2018 at 10:07
The renewed agreement reaffirms the labour and social commitments of one of the largest publicly traded Russian-based oil and gas companies, employing more than 100,000. Lukoil accounts for more than 2 per cent of the world's oil production and owns around 1 per cent of the hydrocarbon reserves.
29 May 2018 at 13:31
Today, global unions IndustriALL and PSI signed a global responsibility agreement with French electricity company EDF, covering all of EDF’s activities in 24 countries, combining compliance with international labour conventions. The agreement is designed to guarantee the development of a shared set of standards for the Group’s 160,000 employees whilst consolidating international social dialogue.
18 May 2018 at 17:02
IndustrtiALL Global Union‘s textile and garment affiliates from MENA region’s main producer countries Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia and Morocco reported tangible progress in organizing and collective bargaining at a meeting at Tunisian capital, Tunis, on 3-4 May 2018. With renewed determination, affiliates developed further plans for important actions in the textile and garment supply chain.
11 April 2018 at 15:32
Global framework agreements (GFAs) were at the focus of a meeting led by the ILO in Sofia, Bulgaria, on industrial relations in the global supply chains entitled “Key Features of Social Dialogue and Cooperation at the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities, Good Practices, and Benefits”.
27 March 2018 at 12:00
IndustriALL organized series of workshops to train union organizers and workers to take advantage and ensure effective implementation of IndustriALL’s Global Framework Agreements (GFAs) with garment producers H&M, Inditex and Tchibo.
19 January 2018 at 11:33
The three global unions today signed a global framework agreement (GFA) with the renewable materials company Stora Enso at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, in the presence of ILO Director General Guy Ryder. Observer signatures were made by the presidents of the Swedish Paper Workers’ Union, the Swedish Union of Forestry, Wood and Graphical Workers’, and the Finnish Paper Workers’ Union.
10 January 2018 at 15:45
Global and national unions representing LafargeHolcim workers worldwide express their outrage over the company’s unilateral decision to back down from its signature of a global framework agreement designed to build positive industrial relations throughout the company.
1 November 2017 at 15:49
62 trade union representatives, including 25 women union leaders, from various garment factories in Bangladesh participated in a training programme on the implementation of IndustriALL’s Global Framework Agreements with H&M, Inditex and Tchibo, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
18 October 2017 at 16:05
Today, IndustriALL, together with affiliates from French union federations CFE-CGC, CFDT, CGT and CGT-FO, signed a global framework agreement with aerospace company Safran on working conditions, corporate social responsibility and sustainable development.
13 October 2017 at 17:09
Thirty-three trade union leaders from Inditex supplier garment factory unions gathered in Hanoi, Vietnam from 6-7 October, for the second annual meeting to review their network’s activities for 2017, exchange best practices and set the agenda for 2018.
4 October 2017 at 11:52
Today, in a joint event, Inditex and IndustriALL Global Union, which represents 50 million workers in 140 countries, celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Global Framework Agreement, signed to protect and promote labour conditions throughout Inditex’s entire supply chain.
2 October 2017 at 16:21
The National Monitoring Committee (NMC) system is the implementation arm of the Global Framework Agreement (GFA) between H&M and IndustriALL. The Committees are set up in five countries and met on 1-2 October in Bangkok, Thailand.