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International Documents on Corporate Responsibility

Edited by Stephen Tully

International Documents on Corporate Responsibility includes the principal international, regional and national instruments drafted by intergovernmental organisations or states as well as codes of conduct formulated by industry associations, trade unions and non-governmental organisations. The coverage includes the fields of human rights, international criminal and environmental law, labour standards, international trade, armed conflict, sustainable development, corruption, consumer protection and corporate governance. Each document is accompanied by a brief explanatory commentary outlining the historical origins of the instrument, the principal actors involved, controversial negotiation issues, applicable implementation procedure, and identifies further reference material.
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Chapter 44: International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco, and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF)/Danone: Joint Declaration on Trade Union Rights, 1994


44. International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF)/Danone: Joint Declaration on Trade Union Rights, 1994 Commentary: Since 1985, Danone’s central management and IUF-affiliated unions have discussed industrial relations at the international level. In 1989, two agreements were concluded concerning enhanced information disclosure for economic and social matters and on employment equality for men and women. An agreement on skills training was also signed during 1992. In 1997, the Danone group (formerly BSN) and the IUF signed a joint understanding in the event of changes of business activity affecting employment or working conditions. The Joint Declaration on Trade Union Rights below (available through is an illustration of a framework agreement concluded between a corporation and a trade union and applicable throughout the corporate structure irrespective of the territorial location of operations. Such arrangements may not be attributable to governments: Arriba Ltd v Petroleos Mexicanos 962 F.2d 528 (1992). See also, IUF (1995), Code of Conduct for the Tea Sector, PetitLancy, Switzerland. BSN and the IUF (i) recalling the fundamental right of each employee to be represented and defended by the trade union organization of her/his choice; (ii) affirming that the counterweight represented by the trade union organizations contributes to the respect of the needs and aspirations of the workforce by company executives; (iii) mutually recognizing the legitimacy of each party and their right to participate in the social as well as economic spheres, each mindful of their respective responsibilities as far as...

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