A Labour First

For the first time, a leading multinational company has signed a global agreement with trade unions, which protects all the elements of the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. The German-headquartered Freudenberg finalized the deal July 11, 2000 with the German union IG BCE. The union is an affiliate of the 20-million-strong International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM), which organizes workers within 379 unions in 103 countries. The agreement's main points are trade union rights, workplace equality, protection of health, safety and the environment and a ban on child labour and forced labour. Read the Internal Labour Organization's press release.