The undersigned investors and fiduciaries representing 44 institutions and over USD 3.5 trillion in combined assets under management or advice are writing to express our expectations regarding the rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining.

Labour rights are human rights.1 The rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining are fundamental pillars of human freedom, established in the International Labour Organization (ILO) Core Conventions, the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These rights guarantee that individual workers can join together in protected concerted workplace activity to better their working lives, improve the companies they work for, and contribute to the advancement of society.

Companies that respect labour rights reap many benefits, such as greater productivity, safer workplaces, and improved employee engagement.2

Implementing labour rights requires varied approaches across different businesses, regions, and jurisdictions. The undersigned investors agree to three requests to boards and senior management at investee companies:

  • Implement a strong governance framework that articulates the board’s responsibility for oversight of company policies and practices regarding labour rights based on ILO Core Conventions.
  • Take action to respect workers’ exercise of their fundamental rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining by, for example, but not limited to: adopting labour rights due diligence processes, training management at all levels to meet labour rights standards, and committing to non-interference when workers seek to form or join unions.
  • Provide enhanced disclosure of labour rights-related metrics that allow investors to assess company labour risk, such as percentage of workers covered by collective bargaining agreements, pending litigation and regulatory investigations regarding alleged labour rights violations, and expenditures of company resources on union avoidance activities.

We encourage and welcome other investors and their representatives to join us in signing this statement.

Signed,

Æquo Shareholder Engagement Services

Alecta Tjänstepension Ömsesidigt

AkademikerPension

Amalgamated Bank

AP Pension

Aviva Investors

BML Funds

Candriam

Cardano

CCLA Investment Management

CCOO, FP

Church of England Pensions Board

Comisión de Control del Plan de Pensiones del Grupo Deutsche Bank España

Domini Impact Investments LLC

Ecofi

EFG Asset Management

Ethos Foundation

Folksam

Future Super

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR)

KLP Kapitalforvaltning AS

La Française Asset Management Group

LD Pensions

La Banque Postale Asset Management (LBPAM)

Local Authority Pension Fund Forum

Mirova

New York City Employees Retirement System

New York State Common Retirement Fund

Office of the Illinois State Treasurer

PensionDanmark

Pensions & Investment Research Consultants Ltd (PIRC)

Préfon

PGGM Investments

Scottish Widows

Segal Marco Advisors

Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE)

SVVK-ASIR

Sycomore Asset Management

Teachers’ Retirement System of the City of New York

Trillium

UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust

Vancity Investment Management

Whistle Stop Capital