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19 September, 2012A Global Framework Agreement (GFA) with German-based company ZF Group, covering approximately 71,500 employees at 121 manufacturing sites in 27 countries, was signed on 5 October 2011.

Through signing the GFA ZF accepts the basic principles of the ILO Core Labor Standards, the ILO Conventions as well as the Global Compact of the United Nations and refers to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

The provisions of the agreement define the ZF standards being applied wherever the ZF Group operates.

The company undertakes to apply the principles of equal treatment and no-discrimintation, respect of freedom of association and right to collective bargaining and negotiations, no use of child and forced labour, health and safety and environmental protection.

The ZF Group also pledges its suppliers to recognize and apply principles of the GFA and motivates them to introduce and implement similar principles in their companies.