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EWC Agreements

1,662 European works councils were established since 1985. However this number has been reduced again to 1,208 in June 2022, mainly due to mergers.

Current EWC statistics
Evaluation of the European Trade Union Institute
Status: September 2015


Selection of EWC agreements

(see more examples in German and French)

Air France KLM (year of signature: 2018, applicable law: France)
Asahi Breweries Europe (2018, Hungary)
Atlas Copco (2001, Sweden)
Axa (2009, EU)
Barclays (2011, UK)
ČEZ (2007, Czech Republic)
Danske Bank (2013, Denmark)
Deutsche Bahn (2012, Germany)
Électricité de France (2005, France)
Elia (2013, Belgium)
Generali (2012, Italy)
GeoPost (2008, France)
Hapag-Lloyd (2011, Germany)
Heineken (2022, Netherlands)
International Paper (2010, UK)
KPN Mobile (2003, Netherlands)
Mediaset (2006, Italy)
N & W Global Vending (2009, Italy)
Panasonic (2008, UK)
RR Donnelley (2009, UK)
SAB Miller (2006, Hungary)
SCA (2003, Sweden)
Scandic (2008, Sweden)
Selex Galileo (2009, Italy)
Skandia (2004, Sweden)
SNCF (2017, France)
Statoil (1998, Norway)
Takeda (2011, UK)
UniCredit (2015, Italy)
Veolia Environnement (2010, France)
VWR International (2006, Germany)

On-line databases

The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) offers the possibility of investigating names of companies falling under the scope of the EWC Directive as well as the contents of EWC agreements.

EWC database of the ETUI

In cooperation with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the European Commission has put in place a database where the contents of agreements concluded at company level between European work councils and/or trade unions and central management can be consulted. It covers agreements which involve more than one country and which address issues of: minimum social standards, equal treatment, health and safety or the consequences of restructuring.

Database on transnational company agreements


European agreements on restructuring or social policy

Air France KLM (Social guarantees for ground and service personnel, 2016)
Allianz (Guidelines concerning work-related stress, 2011)
Alstom + Schneider Electric (Social consequences of acquisition, 2010)
Alstom + Shanghai Electric (Social commitments of joint-venture, 2012)
Areva (Equal opportunities, 2006)
Areva (Professions and competences forecast, 2011)
Axa (Anticipation of Change, 2011)
BNP Paribas (Social Charter on employment management, 2012)
BNP Paribas (Workplace Equality Agreement, 2014)
BNP Paribas (Prevention of work-related stress, 2017)
BNP Paribas (Charter on Teleworking, 2021)
DBApparel (Anticipation of Change, 2010)
DS Smith (Employee Charter, 2017)
Etex (Health and Safety, 2010)
GdF Suez (Equal opportunities, 2012)
GdF Suez (Health and Safety, 2014)
Generali (Inclusion and Diversity, 2019)
Generali (Emergency Crisis, 2021)
Groupama (Quality of life at work, 2013)
Lafarge (Workplace Wellness, 2013)
Pernod Ricard (Corporate Social Responsibility, 2014)
Safran (Developing skills and career paths, 2015)
Safran (Professional integration of young people, 2017)
Santander (Equal opportunities, 2008)
Schneider Electric (Anticipation and development of competencies, 2017)
Schreiber Foods (Inclusion, diversity and equality, 2018)
Sodexo (Diversity and inclusion for seniors, 2015)
Thales (Professional development, 2009)
Thales (Annual activity discussion, 2010)
Total (European social platform, 2004)
UniCredit (Training, learning and professional development, 2008)
UniCredit (Equal opportunities and non-discrimination, 2009)
UniCredit (Responsible Sales, 2015)
UniCredit (Work-Life Balance, 2017)
UniCredit (Remote Work, 2020)
Vinci (Occupational Health and Safety, 2017)


Agreements on participation rights in a European company (SE)

The transformation of a national public limited company (plc) into a European company (SE) needs the conclusion of a transnational agreement regarding the involvement of employees.

Airbus (year of signature: 2015, head office: Netherlands)
Allianz (2014, Germany)
Klöckner (2008, Germany, see page 28)
Total (2020, France, see page 44)

International Framework Agreements (IFA)

Trade unions sign more and more agreements on minimum social standards with multinational companies on a worldwide basis. European works councils play an important role during such negotiations and participte frequently during the monitoring process.

ABN AMRO (year of signature: 2015, head office: Netherlands)
Acciona (2014, Spain)
Accor (2001, France)
Airbus (2005, formerly EADS, Netherlands)
Air France KLM (2013, France)
Aker (2012, Norway)
BNP Paribas (2018, France)
BMW (2005, Germany)
Bosch (2004, Germany)
Brunel (2007, Netherlands)
Carrefour (2022, France)
Coca-Cola (2010, USA)
Crédit Agricole (2019, France)
Daimler (2021, Germany)
Danone (2007, France)
Danske Bank (2008, Denmark)
Dragados (2014, Spain)
Elanders (2009, Sweden)
El Corte Inglés (2021, Spain)
Electrolux (2010, Sweden)
Enel (2013, Italy)
Eni (2016, Italy)
Esprit (2018, Germany)
Faber-Castell (2009, Germany)
FCC Construcción (2012, Spain)
Ford (2012, USA)
GEA (2003, Germany)
Generali (2006, Italy)
General Motors (2002, USA)
Hennes & Mauritz (2016, Sweden)
Indesit (2002, formerly Merloni Elettrodomestici, Italy)
Inditex (2019, Spain)
ISS (2008, Denmark)
Italcementi (2008, Italy)
Lafarge (2013, France)
Leoni (2002, Germany)
Lukoil (2018, Russia)
Metro (2013, Germany)
Mizuno (2020, Japan)
National Australia Group (2006, Australia)
Norsk Hydro (2016, Norway)
Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL) (2012, Spain)
Orpea (2022, France)
Prym (2004, Germany)
PSA Peugeot Citroën (2017, France)
Renault (2013, France)
Rheinmetall (2003, Germany)
RIU (2021, Spain)
Röchling (2004, Germany)
Saab (2012, Sweden)
  Safran (2017, France)
Salini Impregilo (2014, Italy)
SCA (2013, Sweden)
Schwan-Stabilo (2005, Germany)
Shoprite Checkers (2010, South Africa)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (2019, Spain)
SKF (2003, Sweden)
Société Générale (2015, France)
Sodexo (2011, France)
Solvay (2017, Belgium)
Staedtler (2006, Germany)
Statoil (2012, Norway)
Stora Enso (2018, Finland)
Tchibo (2016, Germany)
Telefónica (2007, Spain)
Tesco (2022, UK)
Umicore (2015, Belgium)
UniCredit (2019, Italy)
Unilever (2018, UK)
Vallourec (2008, France)
Veidekke (2017, Norway)
Volkswagen (2002, Germany)
Wilkhahn (2009, Germany)

Framework Agreement on "Offshoring"

Computer Sciences Corporation (2005)

Establishment of a Global Works Council

Orange (formerly France Télécom, 2010)
Michelin (2020, France)

Worldwide Agreement on Health and Safety in the Workplace

ArcelorMittal (Luxembourg, 2008)
Axa (France, 2020)
Orange (France, 2014)
Sodexo (France, 2021)

Worldwide Agreement on Workplace Gender Equality

Orange (2019, France)

Commitment to prevent workplace sexual harassment

RIU (2021, Spain)
Unilever (2016, UK)

Worldwide Agreement on Digital Transformation

Solvay (2020, Belgium)




Hungarian video on the reasons for an EWC

Hungarian trade unionists have produced a video that explains the reasons why a European works council is useful for the employees in new and old EU Member States.
This animated film is available in Hungarian with English subtitles.

see the video

Evolution of the number of European Works Councils (click to enlarge)


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