“This agreement is further recognition that workers` rights are human rights. The importance of global framework agreements has been recognized not only by companies like Stora Enso, but also by the G20 and international organizations around the world. 19 January 2018The three global trade unions today signed a Comprehensive Framework Agreement (GFA) with the renewable materials company at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, in the presence of ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. The presidents of the Swedish Paper Workers` Union, the Swedish Association of Forestry Workers, Woodworkers and graphic designers and the Finnish Paper Workers` Union have signed observers. Ambet Yuson, Secretary General of the BWI, said: “We have reached a good draft final agreement, which the three agencies recommend to sign during their final consultations. It has been a long process, but it is very healthy, because it means that we have matured our mutual understanding of concepts and expectations. That is why we are convinced that LH sincerely strives to comply with all major international labour standards in all its operations and that they take seriously the implementation and follow-up of this agreement. The right to join a trade union, the right to organize and the right to collective bargaining are fundamental human rights and are very much needed around the world. “The agreement is a great way to start the year we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

By signing this agreement, Stora Enso is taking an important step in the right direction for workers` rights throughout their supply chain. Yuson concluded: “This agreement with the unions therefore has greater credibility than unilateral codes of conduct and reports on the sustainability of the company when it comes to workers` rights. And that is because it is monitored by the workers themselves and by their union representatives. At the beginning of the year, the three parties agreed to begin discussion, negotiation and conclusion of a comprehensive framework agreement in 2017. The agreement confirms that workers are at the heart of LafargeHolcim`s success and the goal is to create a safe, diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace where people enjoy coming to work. Construction and woodworkers (BWI) represent more than 12 million workers in the construction, building materials and wood industries. On 12 July 2017, LafargeHolcim and the global trade unions IndustriALL Global Union and IBB signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Zurich announcing their intention to sign the final draft comprehensive framework agreement. The aim of the GFA is to establish and conduct a constructive and responsible social dialogue between the company and global trade unions. An important feature of this agreement is the recognition of our union network in the company and the obligation to organize an annual conference of delegates to dialogue with LH management. The first will take place in early October in new delhi. In addition to these annual meetings, we have set up a coordination team with the company for regular monitoring and, if necessary, conflict resolution.

“A comprehensive framework agreement between LafargeHolcim, IndustriALL and IBB is not only a benchmark in the materials industry; It is also a strong signal for Swiss multinationals to get in touch with their main stakeholders – their staff. We will make this GFA a success. The GFA formalizes an ongoing dialogue between the partners and all signatories will meet every two years to assess the implementation of the CCM.