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, 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, Statoil, 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.
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.
1 October 2017 at 16:11
The fashion industry has changed rapidly; strategies of the past are no longer relevant today. During IndustriALL’s Asia-Pacific regional meeting for the Textile, Garment, Leather and Shoe sectors in Bangkok, 80 participants discussed common goals and strengthening unions through unity.
6 September 2017 at 16:53
Unions in the textile, garment, shoe and leather sectors in the Middle East and North Africa met in Casablanca, Morocco from 26-27 August, to coordinate the implementation of the agreement with Inditex.
14 July 2017 at 11:40
Members of FAIR Committee (Facilitate the Application, Involvement of all and regular measurement of the Results of the agreement) of TOTAL global framework agreement (GFA) met in Casablanca, Morocco, on 11 July to follow up the GFA signed between IndustriALL and TOTAL in January 2016.
13 July 2017 at 20:12
On 12 July 2017, LafargeHolcim and global unions, IndustriALL and BWI, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Zurich, as final step towards a Global Framework Agreement (GFA). The MoU is a prelude to the GFA, reaffirming the commitment to a comprehensive agreement, to be signed later this year.
3 July 2017 at 17:18
As part of the implementation process of the Inditex global framework agreement (GFA), IndustriALL Global Union’s textile and garment affiliates in Bulgaria met to review capacity building needs and develop organizing plans
23 February 2017 at 10:12
As discussions on a potential acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall by the PSA Group continue, IG Metall and the Opel/Vauxhall European Works Council met with representatives from the French car manufacturer on 20 February.
3 February 2017 at 11:46
IndustriALL Global Union and Solvay have renewed their global framework agreement (GFA) for five years, reinforcing and adding commitments that provide the same basic labour and social rights to all Solvay employees at operations worldwide.
2 February 2017 at 13:48
Global trade unions represented by IndustriALL Global Union and Building and Wood Worker's International (BWI) met with representatives of LafargeHolcim on 23 January 2017 to launch the process for developing a Global Framework Agreement.
15 November 2016 at 17:48
The Global Framework Agreement signed in March 2015 between ThyssenKrupp, German affiliate IG Metall, the company Works Council and IndustriALL Global Union was awarded the silver medal at Germany’s “Works Council Day” on November 2016 in Bonn, Germany.