Freedom of Association

Sika strictly follows the 10 UN Global Compact Principles and acknowledges the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining ( see Global Compact Principle Three: "Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.")

UN Global Compact

  • Ensure that all workers are able to form and join a trade union of their choice without fear of intimidation or reprisal, in accordance with national law.
  • Put in place non-discriminatory policies and procedures with respect to trade union organization, union membership and activity in such areas as applications for employment and decisions on advancement, dismissal or transfer.
  • Do not interfere with the activities of worker representatives while they carry out their functions in ways that are not disruptive to regular company operations. Practices such as allowing the collection of union dues on company premises, posting of trade union notices, distribution of union documents, and provision of office space, have proven to help build good relations between management and workers, provided that they are not used as a way for the company to exercise indirect control.
  • Provide workers’ representatives with appropriate facilities to assist in the development of effective collective agreement.

At the bargaining table

  • Recognize representative organizations for the purpose of collective bargaining.
  • Use collective bargaining as a constructive forum for addressing working conditions and terms of employment and relations between employers and workers, or their respective organizations.
  • Address any problem-solving or other needs of interest to workers and management, including restructuring and training, redundancy procedures, safety and health issues, grievance and dispute settlement procedures, disciplinary rules, and family and community welfare.
  • Provide information needed for meaningful bargaining.
  • Balance dealings with the most representative trade union to ensure the viability of smaller organizations to continue to represent their members.

In the community of operation

  • Preserve the confidentiality of the trade unions and leaders in countries where the government does not permit respect for human rights (including rights at work) or does not provide a proper legal and institutional framework for industrial relations and collective bargaining.
  • Support the establishment and functioning of local/national employers' organizations, and trade unions.
  • Inform the local community, media and public authorities of your company's endorsement of the UN Global Compact and its intention to respect its provisions, including those on fundamental workers' rights.