Inditex Global Framework Agreement

The Comprehensive Framework Agreement (GFA) between IndustriALL and German retailer Tchibo was signed in September 2016 and the parties continue to work towards its effective implementation. “The agreement reinforces Inditex`s strong belief that the joint work of the various players in the apparel industry is the key to disseminating best social and environmental practices across the value chain. IndustriALL has also entered into global agreements with multinationals that cover specific key issues in all sectors of these companies. These include our global health and safety agreement with ArcelorMittal and our global sexual harassment agreement with Unilever. Sodexo, a French food service and establishment company employing 425,000 people, participated with IUF in the development of measures to combat sexual harassment. In 2018, an annex was adopted in the form of a joint commitment, attached to the existing comprehensive framework agreement, which imposes a zero tolerance for sexual harassment on the company. The joint undertaking states that sexual harassment is an offence that could result in disciplinary action, including the dismissal of the company, and that Sodexo will train all employees in this policy and its responsibilities. It also contains a clause prohibiting sexual harassment in Sodexo`s suppliers` code of conduct and requiring the company to inform its subcontractors and suppliers of the directive and to use its influence to resolve cases of sexual harassment that may arise in the course of its dealings with subcontractors/suppliers. Global unions IndustriALL, Public Services International (PSI) and Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) welcome and support the programme launched by the Energiemultiengie Group. Global unions recognize the recognition of the key role of trade unions and social dialogue in the current crisis to ensure the long-term viability of the company and the health, safety and well-being of its employees. As part of the ongoing implementation of the Comprehensive Framework Agreement (GFA), IndustriALL Global Union and H-M met to establish a National Monitoring Committee (NMC) in India.

The International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers` Federation (ITGLWF) approach to Global Framework Agreements (GFA) for textile workers, clothing and footwear has always been in line with global trade union policy on fundamental trade union rights as a mechanism for implementing the ILO Decent Labour Agenda.2 Nevertheless, the first GFA (signed in 2007 with Inditex SA) arrived at the end of the year compared to other sectors (Miller 2004). The agreement was not the result of a cold approach negotiated at headquarters through a European trade union or business committee (Papadakis 2009: 3-4); nor the result of union unrest based on targeted research and networking (Davies et al.