For ENGIE, social dialogue and cohesion are major drivers of sustainable growth for the Group. This commitment has led to the signing of several agreements with social partners in France and abroad.
Employee representation in the Group
Representative bodies are forums for consultation and collaboration between management and employee representatives, particularly with regard to ENGIE’s industrial, economic, financial and social strategy.
European Works Council (EWC)
The European Works Council (EWC) at ENGIE was established under the agreement of May 6, 2009, which was signed by all European social partners. Its purpose is to:
- develop and strengthen European social dialogue,
- ensure balanced representation between the Group’s countries and main business activities,
- develop social dialogue with these activities.
The EWC includes 64 members representing the 189,000 employees of the Group’s European entities.
French Group Works Council
An agreement signed on June 2, 2009 also launched the French Group Works Council. This body represents more than 109,000 employees in France.
Collective bargaining agreements
A global agreement
A global agreement on fundamental rights, social dialogue and sustainable development was signed between ENGIE and the International Federation of Chemistry, Energy, Mines and General Workers’ Unions (ICEM), Building and Woodworkers’ International (BWI), and Public Services International (PSI).
Building on the Group’s commitments and values, this agreement covers three major topics:
- setting up a social project to promote stable employment (equal opportunity, respecting the rights of trade unions, training, health and safety, stable and sustainable employment),
- eco-responsibility to support sustainable performance,
- respecting stated commitments.
The agreement is also part of the ENGIE Group’s compliance with International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions on basic working rights (conventions on the freedom of association and collective bargaining, discrimination, forced labor and child labor).
The Group has signed three agreements at the European level on the following topics:
- Management and planning of jobs and skills
- Health and safety standards (later expanded worldwide by a unilateral decision)
- Professional gender equality
The Group has also signed three agreements exclusively for France:
- An agreement on jobs and careers for older workers
- A Group agreement to set up a Collective Retirement Savings Plan
- An agreement on the prevention of psychosocial risks by improving working conditions and quality of work life
International Social Observatory
In the current context of globalization, ENGIE promotes efforts to produce ideas and share them with stakeholders through the International Social Observatory (ISO).
The Observatory’s activity is organized into workgroups that include company executives, social partners and university partners. Discussions concern health and wellbeing at work, promoting human capital policies, and the practical application of Corporate Social Responsibility.