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The agreement with German rubber and plastics producer, Freudenberg spells out minimum labour standards that the company will adhere to including all ILO Core Conventions that embrace trade union rights, workplace equality, protection of health, safety and environmental criteria, and bans on child labour and forced labour.

The agreement also contains Social Responsibility language, specifically that the company condemns involvement in unethical or illegal business and that as a matter of principle, privately-held Freudenberg will produce no weapons or war materials.

Significantly, the agreement provides for monitoring by the global union. Both sides commit themselves "to contact each other directly and immediately in case any conflicts or violations of the agreement arise, in order to seek a common solution."

Facts on GFA Freudenberg

Agreement signed: 18 August 2000

Other signatories: IGBCE, Germany