Belgium: Labor Rights Global Social Framework Agreement Renewed
Solvay has renewed its global framework agreement (GFA) with IndustriALL Global Union for five years, ensuring the same basic labor and social rights to all Solvay employees at operations worldwide.
Brussels/Belgium — With the agreement, the company reaffirms its respect for the International Labor Organization's social standards and the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. It now also includes its commitment to the OECD's guidelines for multinational enterprises. The company announced that it expects its suppliers and subcontractors to apply these same principles.
The GFA has been updated to add new social projects, such as the protection of mental safety at work and societal actions. Solvay Global Forum of eight union representatives from major countries, will from now on be in charge of monitoring the fulfillment of the agreement.
"For Solvay, the five year renewal is testimony of the relationship of trust we've successfully developed with IndustriALL for more than a decade now. We advocate an open, challenging and constructive dialogue with our employees and their representatives. This dialogue is part of our sustainability commitments and a contributor to our overall performance," said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay.
Valter Sanches, IndustriALL General Secretary said: "This agreement is a benchmark in terms of social dialogue in the chemical industry. We have established a strong culture and constructive labour relations worldwide over the last 12 years. The renewal brings a Global Forum, which will be an important platform for dialogue between union and employee representatives."