France Telecom is the youngest company to have signed an international framework agreement with a global trade union confederation. The comprehensive agreement, signed on 21 December 2006 between the French multinational Union Network International (UNI) and telecommunications unions around the world and employing more than 200,000 people worldwide, addresses compliance with ILO core standards across the group, including the right to join a trade union and bargain collectively and without discrimination or forced labour or child labour. Ilo Online discussed these global agreements with Dominique Michel, team leader of the ILO`s multinational programme. The common commitment applies to all Unilever supply chain organizations that have implemented or are in the process of implementing the common commitment, including redress mechanisms. The joint commitment states: “Unilever, IUF and IndustriALL reaffirm their shared commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion among Unilever`s non-executive staff.” He points out that “… Preventing sexual harassment in the workplace is an essential foundation for promoting a culture of inclusion and diversity,” and … Victims of sexual harassment receive unlimited protection and support throughout the process and its outcome. It goes beyond similar global commitments made between SMEs and global trade unions by stating that in situations where women workers face significant risks (. For example, in plantations that employ large numbers of temporary workers) and where a high number of women are supervised by a majority of men, “specific awareness and training actions should be agreed and implemented by management and the union.” A joint Unilever-IUF-IndustriALL diversity working group was established to follow the process and share experiences and best practices. This collective commitment builds on the work done within Unilever`s goal of a balanced organisation, particularly in the field of management, to raise awareness of gender inequalities. Dominique Michel: Fifty companies operating in different sectors have signed international framework agreements with five global trade union organisations.
The first was signed in 1988 by the French food multinational Danone, the first in 1995 by the hotel chain ACCOR. It was not until 2000 that the number of agreements signed each year accelerated to 50 by the end of 2006. Among them is the Swedish furniture company IKEA; the American banana company Chiquita; German pencil manufacturers Faber-Castell and Staedler; oil companies in Norway (Statoil), Italy (ENI) and Russia (Lukoil); car manufacturers in Germany and France, such as Volkswagen, Daimler-Chrysler, Renault and Peugeot-Citroen; Spanish and French electricity producers Endesa and EDF; Telecommunications companies in Spain (Telefonica) and Greece (OTE) and retailers in France (Carrefour) and Sweden (H-M). The comprehensive framework agreement between Carrefour and THE UNI Global Union to promote social dialogue and diversity and ensure the protection of fundamental principles and rights in the workplace was signed in 2015 and renewed in 2018. It is a common commitment in which both sides express their concerns about violence against women in the private and professional sectors and their obligation to reduce it (Carrefour-UNI Global Union, 2015, paragraph 3.3.4).