25 May, 2012The Global Framework Agreement (GFA) with PSA Peugeot Citroën was signed in 2006 and renewed in 2010. The new agreement signed on May 20, 2010 in Paris strengthens PSA Peugeot Citroën's commitments to the international core labour standards and stresses the extension of the Group's requirements to its business partners. In addition it incorporates new commitments to environmental protection and sustainable development.
The initial agreement commits the company to adhere to the International Labour Organisation Core Labour Standards, including clauses on freedom of association, the right to collective bargaining, the right to equal pay, no forced or child labour and no discrimination. The company also agrees to:
- pay decent wages,
- be open to trade union activities,
- fully respect worker and trade union rights,
- provide a healthy and safe work environment, and
- provide training and development opportunities to its employees.
The 2010 agreement also provides for:
- Strengthening the provisions on occupational health and safety;
- The application of the principle of equal pay for work of equal value, regardless of the contractual arrangement under which workers are employed;
- The promotion of environmental protection and commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
- The involvement of trade unions in the audits carried out as part of the monitoring process; and
- The setting up of a World Works Council to follow up the agreement implementation.
Present in 160 countries, the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group is focusing its international development on China, Latin America and Russia. In April 2010 the Group launched a new car assembly plant in Kaluga, Russia. The plant 70 per cent owned by PSA Peugeot Citroën and 30 per cent by Mitsubishi Motors is expected to employ some 3,000 workers in 2012 when the plant becomes fully operational. In China, PSA Peugeot Citroën has a joint-venture with Dongfeng and has signed a letter of intent with China Chang'an Automobile Group for the creation of another joint venture. PSA Peugeot Citroën employs about 187,000 people throughout the world.