International chemical and fibres group Solvay has re-signed its global framework agreement (GFA) with the IndustriAll Global Union, adding new social projects, such as the protection of mental safety at work and reinforcing the company's commitments to health and safety, anti-discrimination, diversity, and environmental protection.

The five year agreement will see the signatories continue their two joint missions per year to assess Solvay's safety policies and the agreement's implementation in a country and a site chosen with IndustriAll. The Solvay Global Forum of eight Solvay union representatives from major countries, will from now on be in charge of monitoring the fulfillment of the agreement.

Designed to protect the interests of workers employed in all operations of the multinational companies who sign them, GFAs are negotiated at global level between trade unions and companies. They establish the best possible standards on trade union rights, health and safety, and the labour relations principles adhered to by the company in its global operations, regardless of the standards existing in a particular country.

"For Solvay, the five year renewal is testimony of the relationship of trust we've successfully developed with IndustriAll for more than a decade now," says Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay. "We advocate an open, challenging and constructive dialogue with our employees and their representatives. This dialogue is part of our sustainability commitments and a contributor to our overall performance

With the agreement, Solvay reaffirms its respect for the International Labor Organization's social standards and the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. It now also includes its commitment to the OECD's guidelines for multinational enterprises. Solvay says it expects its suppliers and subcontractors to apply these same principles.

"This agreement is a benchmark in terms of social dialogue in the chemical industry," says Valter Sanches, IndustriAll general secretary. "We have established a strong culture and constructive labour relations worldwide over the last 12 years. The renewal brings a Global Forum, which will be an important platform for dialogue between union/employee representatives and management."