Umicore and IndustriALL renew sustainable development agreement

Today, Umicore and IndustriALL Global Union renewed their Global framework Agreement on Sustainable Development for a period of four years. The agreement covers human rights (including collective bargaining and equal opportunities), safe and healthy working conditions and environmental considerations.

Founded on 19 June 2012, IndustriALL brings together affiliates of the former global union federations: International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF), International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions (ICEM) and International Textiles Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF). IndustriALL Global Union represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors.

All parties have undertaken to pursue the process of constructive dialogue they initiated in 2007 to ensure successful implementation of the agreement.

Umicore’s Chief Executive Officer, Marc Grynberg, commented: “This agreement reaffirms our commitment towards sustainability in which the engagement of all Umicore employees is key. Our dialogue with IndustriALL plays an important role in our quest to be a frontrunner in all aspects of sustainability.”

Jyrki Raina, Secretary General of IndustriALL Global Union added: “IndustriALL Global Union is pleased with our 8-year experience in the context of this global agreement and we look forward to this continuing in the coming years. We find at all the sites of Umicore we visit the same level of commitment to sustainability that we obtain from the company headquarters in Brussels. It is a clear sign for us of the true engagement of all.”


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