Through the constructive representation of our personnel across all Business Units, we maintain a proper balance between the interests of employees and the economic interests of the Group. The cooperative nature of our social dialogue improves the sustainability of our business model, and is particularly helpful in a business such as ours, which has exceptionally long product cycles. Working with our employee representatives, we take a long-term view of the competencies we need and manage any ﬂuctuations in workload carefully.
Putting it in the right frame
The European Works Council (EWC), established at EADS’ inception in 2000, is the main forum for dialogue with unions in the four home countries of France, Germany, Spain and the UK. The EWC meets twice a year to be informed and consulted about the Group’s prospects and planned evolution. It also has an Economic Committee that meets four times a year to discuss economic matters. European sub-committees have been set up in each of the four Divisions. Since 2005, the EWC’s inﬂuence has extended beyond the home countries, following the signing of an International Framework Agreement committing EADS to common social principles and standards throughout operations worldwide. The principles contained in the agreement are aligned with the general rules of the International Labour Organisation conventions, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Guidelines for Multi-national Enterprises and the UN Global Compact. They are also in line with the EADS Code of Ethics. The Framework Agreement commits EADS to providing equal employment opportunities and not discriminating against any speciﬁc groups, to good working conditions and environmental protection. It condemns child labour, recognises the principles of freedom of association and the protection of trade unions’ rights.