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
20 January 2022 at 10:00
The French multinational utilities giant ENGIE today renewed a global framework agreement (GFA) with the global union federations IndustriALL, BWI, and PSI, as well as with the representative French trade unions (CFDT, CFE-CGC, CGT and FO).
10 December 2021 at 12:23
On 29 November 2021, the two global union federations, IndustriALL Global Union and Public Services International, signed a two-year extension of the global framework agreement (GFA) with the French energy multinational EDF. The GFA is now valid until July 2024.
1 September 2021 at 13:23
IndustriALL Global Union has renewed a global agreement on social responsibility and human rights with German auto giant Daimler, promoting universal labour rights and a transnational approach to the representation of employee interests.
23 February 2021 at 11:36
IndustriALL and online fashion retailer ASOS are renewing their commitment to work together, alongside relevant global and national stakeholders, to support the economic and social recovery of the global garment industry through the Covid-19 crisis.
8 February 2021 at 15:40
After an eight-month struggle and international solidarity campaign, the Garment and Textile Workers’ Union (GATWU) has signed an agreement with H&M supplier Gokaldas Exports that recognizes the union and reinstates all the 1,257 workers – mostly women - who were fired.
14 December 2020 at 17:41
A workshop on 8-9 December brought together participants from IndustriALL’s three Turkish affiliates in the metal sector, Türk Metal, Özçelik-İş and Birleşik metal-İş, as well as from the US, France, Italy and Germany, to discuss using global framework agreements and other international instruments as tools for organizing.
20 November 2020 at 13:48
Battery production will be one of the fastest growing industrial activities in the years to come. Due diligence and opportunities for organizing along the complex supply chain were discussed at a webinar bringing together unions, experts as well as industrial directors.
2 November 2020 at 16:24
On 1 October, IndustriALL Global Union and Japanese sports equipment and sportswear company Mizuno, renewed the global framework agreement which had first been signed in 2011. Japanese unions UA Zensen and Mizuno Workers’ Union, Japan, are also signatories.
9 September 2020 at 14:25
In a series of meetings, IndustriALL’s South Asia affiliates described the devastating impact of Covid-19, health and safety challenges and renewed attacks on workers’ rights. Their response to overcome the crisis is universal social protection, defending workers’ rights and unity.
Global unions welcome ENGIE’s commitment to cover Covid-19 related health care and social security for employees
29 April 2020 at 12:17
Global unions IndustriALL, Public Services International (PSI) and Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) welcome and support the programme launched by energy multinational ENGIE Group. The global unions recognize ENGIE’s acknowledgement of the key role trade unions and social dialogue play in the current crisis to ensure the long-term sustainability of the company and the health, safety and well-being of its employees.
28 January 2020 at 15:56
On 27 January, IndustriALL and Michelin signed an agreement to set up the Michelin Global Works Council. The new council, representing the Group's workers, will draw heavily on the work, methods and positive outcomes of the Michelin European Works Council (MEWC).
13 November 2019 at 15:25
Renewing the global framework agreement which dates back to 2007, IndustriALL and Inditex, one of the world’s largest clothing retailers, have agreed to set up a global union committee, with the aim of sharing best practices across the industry.
29 October 2019 at 15:10
More than a hundred H&M suppliers who employ hundreds and thousands of workers, participated in joint workshops organized by IndustriALL and Swedish clothing company H&M to discuss the global framework agreement (GFA) and its implementation.
17 October 2019 at 15:24
In a signing ceremony at the ILO in Geneva today, Belgian-based multinational materials company Umicore and IndustriALL Global Union renewed their Global Framework Agreement on Sustainable Development for another four-year period.
3 October 2019 at 10:55
Over 80 trade union leaders from Turkey, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Mauritius and Morocco met in Cesme, Turkey, to see how global framework agreements (GFA) can be better used to boost union organizing, collective bargaining agreements and social dialogue.
16 July 2019 at 16:14
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and CNHi must increase consultation with trade unions as the automotive industry undergoes massive change, demanded IndustriALL Global Union affiliates at a meeting in Canada. The trade unions also called on FCA to reinstate over 100 workers at its Teksid plant in Mexico.