Sodexo has announced an agreement with the International Union of Food (IUF) confirming the foodservice and facilities management firm's commitment to respect fundamental rights at work, namely freedom of association and collective bargaining.
The international framework agreement signed by Sodexo chief executive Michael Landel and IUF general secretary Ron Oswald is understood to be an industry first.
The agreement provides for a continual and progressive dialogue between Sodexo management, Sodexo employee representatives and the IUF.
Oswald commented: "Sodexo's commitment to respect these rights is evident at the highest level of corporate management. With this agreement and the mutual engagement it guarantees we will be able to assure that Sodexo's commitment to a culture of respect for human rights will be reinforced wherever the company operates."
Earlier this year Sodexo's UK and Ireland chief executive, Aidan Connolly signed the industry's first National Framework Agreement with three of the UK's leading trade unions - Unite, UNISON and GMB.
By Janie Stamford
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