Umicore has reportedly renewed its global sustainable development agreement with union federation IndustriALL Global Union for another four years.

According to the company, the agreement reaffirms Umicore’s commitment to sustainable development with regards to economic, environmental and social objectives. It specifically covers human rights, including collective bargaining and equal opportunities, safe and healthy working conditions, environmental and supply chain matters and digital transformation.

The global framework agreement was first signed in 2007 and renewed in 2011 and 2015 respectively. The latest version contains a new section on violence and harassment at work, in line with the newly adopted ILO Convention 190, and stronger language on suppliers and subcontractors, Unicore says.

‘IndustriALL Global Union is pleased with the long-standing partnership with Umicore in the context of this global framework agreement,’ said Valter Sanches, general secretary of IndustriALL Global Union. ‘We look forward to continuing our joint work with a new motivation over the new improvements in the agreement, especially the provision on due diligence in the supply chain.’

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