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
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.
5 June 2019 at 16:58
Following the signing in January 2018 of the Global Framework Agreement (GFA) between Finnish-headquartered renewable materials multinational Stora Enso, IndustriALL, BWI and UNI global unions, the social partners held the first biennial meeting of the agreement’s Implementation and Review Committee, in Helsinki on 3 June.
21 January 2019 at 20:34
As the German car manufacturer consistently refuses to accord the same rights to its workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, US, as it does in the rest of the world, IndustriALL Global Union is today suspending its long-standing global agreement with Volkswagen.
15 January 2019 at 08:53
Global corporate power is beyond anything we have ever seen. Some are calling it the triumph of the multinational companies. The limits on the power and will of national governments to call corporations to account for their adverse impacts are clear for all to see. Global corporations are tearing up the social contract, the understanding that in order to operate in a society, companies abide by certain rules in the interests of their workers and the broader public.
20 December 2018 at 16:27
IndustriALL Global Union trade union affiliates representing garment workers at H&M have agreed upon a global dispute resolution mechanism with the Swedish fashion giant, as part of IndustriALL’s global framework agreement (GFA) with the company.
12 November 2018 at 15:23
IndustriALL’s global framework agreement (GFA) working group met at the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, on 8 and 9 November to report on how GFAs are being implemented, and look at ways of strengthening them.
4 October 2018 at 08:56
Meeting in Istanbul on 28 September, GFA partners Inditex, H&M and ASOS pledged to continue with IndustriALL Global Union and industriAll Europe on building collective bargaining and better conditions for over 600,000 garment and footwear workers in South-East Europe.