20 Octubre 2011
Strabag is a multinational building and construction company. It operates in three areas: building construction and civil engineering; road construction; and tunnelling and services, in more than 500 locations worldwide. In 2009, Strabag SE had 75,500 employees, of which more than 80% worked in Europe. The Strabag SE was officially registered in the company register of Klagenfurt in Austria on 12 October 2004 as one of the first European Companies and was the first one based in Austria. However, the conversion of the Strabag AG Holding into a SE only came into force in May 2006 due to legal problems and procedures.
24 Mayo 2011
This report seeks to investigate the contribution played by social dialogue structures in boosting the quality of work and employment. Focusing in particular on national experience in six Member States, and the situations of the construction and healthcare sectors, it provides an overview of major framework conditions from both a European and national perspective, presents key findings from existing research and national working conditions surveys, as well as giving an overview of examples of good practice at company level and of the results of case studies carried out as part of the research for this report.
25 Abril 2011
Headquartered in Utrecht/The Netherlands with subsidiaries in Germany, Italy and Finland, Equens is a full-service payment processing company offering services in payment and card processing and a European leader in this business segment. The transformation of Equens N.V. into an SE was concluded in July 2008 by a merger with the German subsidiary. This also reflects the strong European vision of the company. As a financial payment processor in an increasingly European market, the company follows its aims to become a truly European service provider. The case of Equens reflects the search of transnational operating companies for options to harmonise and simplify their governance structures including the practice of employee involvement and participation.
08 Marzo 2011
The European Company Statute (SE) is based on the Council Regulation on the Statute for a European Company (2157/2001/EC) and on the Directive supplementing the Statute for a European Company with regard to the involvement of employees (2001/86/EC). It is one of the most important pieces of company legislation published so far by the European Union. Adopted in 2001, it has since October 2004 made it possible for companies operating in more than one EU Member State to reorganise their cross-border business under a single European label. This enables them to work under the umbrella of a single legal framework, thereby reducing the internal costs of operating in several countries. Employee involvement, including participation rights at board level, is the focus of this research report.
16 Octubre 2008
ABB is a global company, based in Switzerland and working mainly in the field of energy and automation technology. This case study is based on interviews carried out in the Czech Republic and Poland between March and May 2006 with representatives of the ABB EWC Secretariat in Mannheim, Germany, a senior HR management representative in France (formerly responsible for HR in the Czech Republic) and the EWC members from Poland and the Czech Republic. The EWC at ABB was established in 1996 on the initiative of German colleagues, who also led negotiations with the management in Switzerland.
Codes of conduct and international framework agreements: New forms of governance at company level - Case study: Bosch
16 Octubre 2008
The ‘Basic principles of social responsibility at Bosch’, an agreement that was signed by management and employee representatives, as well as by the International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF), has to be seen in a wider context of CSR and corporate Codes of Conduct. In 2002, the Bosch Group introduced the ‘The Bosch Code of Values’, which was regarded as functioning as a ‘beacon for all associates and managers in the turbulent period of cultural change in which we find ourselves'. The code consists of seven core values. This case study is based on interviews with Bosch management and employee representatives carried out in February 2007 at the corporate headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.
Codes of conduct and international framework agreements: New forms of governance at company level - Case study: Unilever
15 Octubre 2008
In 1996, Unilever formulated its ‘Corporate Purpose’, a mission statement which formed the basis of its ‘Code of Business Principles’. This code was revised in 2001-2002 mainly in order to adjust the code to the recently revised OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (published in June 2000) and to take into account the UN Global Compact. In order to implement the code of conduct into day–to-day business, Unilever has developed many instruments and projects. The company is also committed to continuously improve and deepen its image of a socially responsible company. This case study is based on an analysis of Unilever documents as well as interviews carried out at the Unilever headquarters in Rotterdam in the first half of 2007.
15 Octubre 2008
The Volkswagen group, with headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, is one of the leading car manufacturers in the world, with a share in global passenger car production in 2005 of 9% (5.2 million passenger car vehicles), making the company the world’s fourth largest car producer. This case study is based on interviews carried out in the Czech Republic and Slovakia between March and June 2006 with national members of the Volkswagen EWC in both countries, as well as with management representatives. Founded in 1990, the European Volkswagen Group Works Council was established even before the EU Directive on European Works Councils came into force.
15 Octubre 2008
KBC Bank and Insurance Holding Company was established in 1998 following the merger of three Belgian financial institutions. This case study is based on interviews carried out in Poland and the Czech Republic between March and July 2006 with representatives of the KBC European Works Council. Additional information and background material was also delivered by the Secretary of the EWC of KBC at an interview in Belgium and in the context of the project’s expert workshop in Warsaw in June 2006. KBC has had a European Works Council (EWC) since 1996, when the original agreement was signed at the then existing Kredietbank, with amendments made in 1999 and 2004. The KBC EWC is a joint body established under Belgium law.
Codes of conduct and international framework agreements: New forms of governance at company level - Case study: BASF
15 Octubre 2008
From the year 2000, and in the context of a reorganisation and readjustment of company policy, BASF has developed several initiatives in view of adopting a comprehensive approach of responsible behaviour and integrity. These initiatives are aimed at strengthening both a sustainable growth strategy and improving the company’s relationship with its stakeholders. Even though the regulation of basic labour standards and rights, as well as principles of global industrial relations, are not laid down in the national BASF Code of Conduct in Germany, they derive from the company’s general Values and Principles, which since 2004 include clear commitments to ILO labour standards.