ASOS signs Global Framework Agreement to protect and strengthen workers’ rights

Online lingerie and clothing retailer, ASOS, has teamed up with the world’s largest sectorial trade union to establish a framework to protect the rights of its factory staff.

The Global Framework Agreement (GFA) agreement between ASOS and IndustriALL, which represents 50 million global workers, is a first for an e-commerce brand and will help ASOS to establish a framework for protecting the interests of factory workers producing its own-brand products in countries around the world.

Nick Beighton, CEO of ASOS, said: “This landmark Global Framework Agreement with IndustriALL is a signal of our intent to ensure that everyone working in our supply chain feels safe and respected by their employers and fellow workers. This can only be achieved if employees have the right to organise and bargain collectively, and the ability to ensure improved employment conditions are consistently implemented.”

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The GFA between ASOS and IndustriALL recognises the role freedom of association and collective bargaining plays in developing well-functioning industrial relations.

Both parties will commit to agreement of common strategies on a country-by-country basis, joint development of methodologies to assess the impact of purchasing practices at the worker level of the supply chain and implementation of confidential worker hotlines, among other duties.

Valter Sanches, IndustriALL general secretary, added: “This agreement provides mechanisms and standards to empower our unions to safeguard workers’ rights across ASOS’ global supply chain. The GFA deepens our relationship with ASOS, and is an important step for supply chain industrial labour relations.”

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