Framework Agreement Chiquita

The IUF has just drafted a union guide entitled “Zero tolerance for sexual harassment at Sodexo”, which outlines measures for trade unions to implement the agreement (IUF, 2017b). In a globalized economy, global and regional framework agreements and joint declarations have proven to be a valuable tool for preventing violence and harassment. Some agreements between NNMs and global labour organizations have been used to address gender equality issues in global supply chains. Many women work in global production sites, sometimes located in Export Processing Zones (EZFs) in emerging and developing countries, some of which are covered by framework agreements, but many are not. However, challenges and gaps in the realization of fundamental rights and decent work are well documented in many FEZ, with collective bargaining rare and women workers particularly vulnerable to harassment and discrimination (ILO, 2017, para. 5); Morris and Pillinger, 2016; Hadwiger, 2015). In recent years, the number of global framework agreements has increased in sectors that employ large numbers of women. Some examples are: the global framework agreement between Inditex and IndustriALL Global Union (IndustriALL) on the implementation of international labour standards throughout the Inditex supply chain (Inditex and IndustriALL Global Union, 2014); the comprehensive framework agreement between H&M Hennes &Mauritz GBC AB and IndustriALL and Industrifacket Metall (H&M Hennes & Mauritz GBC AB and IndustriALL and Industrifacket Metall), and the global framework agreement between Carrefour and UNI Global Union to promote social dialogue and diversity and ensure the protection of fundamental principles and fundamental rights in the workplace (Carrefour and UNI Global Union, 2015). Sodexo, a French food services and facilities management company that employs 425,000 people, has developed measures with the IUF to combat sexual harassment.

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