Under­tak­ings, in par­tic­u­lar con­tract­ing author­i­ties, may con­clude frame­work agree­ments with one or more sup­pli­ers which impose the con­di­tions that would apply to any sub­se­quent con­tract and pro­vide for the selec­tion and appoint­ment of a con­trac­tor with direct ref­er­ence to the agreed con­di­tions or to the imple­men­ta­tion of a selec­tion pro­ce­dure in which only the part­ners in the frame­work agree­ment are invit­ed to sub­mit spe­cif­ic com­mer­cial pro­pos­als. [5] In the con­text of the award of con­tracts, a frame­work agree­ment is an agree­ment between one or more under­tak­ings or organ­i­sa­tions “the pur­pose of which is to define the con­di­tions applic­a­ble to con­tracts to be award­ed dur­ing a giv­en peri­od, in par­tic­u­lar as regards the price and, where appro­pri­ate, the quan­ti­ty pro­vid­ed”. [1] A num­ber of inter­na­tion­al agree­ments are called frame­work agree­ments: France Tele­com is the most recent com­pa­ny to have signed an inter­na­tion­al frame­work agree­ment with a glob­al trade union con­fed­er­a­tion. The com­pre­hen­sive agree­ment con­clud­ed on 21 Decem­ber 2006 between the French multi­na­tion­al Union Net­work Inter­na­tion­al (UNI) and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions unions world­wide cov­ers more than 200,000 work­ers world­wide, with regard to com­pli­ance with ILO core stan­dards through­out the group, includ­ing the right to join a trade union and nego­ti­ate col­lec­tive agree­ments, as well as free­dom from dis­crim­i­na­tion and forced or child labour. ILO Online spoke to Dominique Michel, Team Leader of the ILO‘s Pro­gramme for Multi­na­tion­als, about these glob­al agree­ments. In the con­text of nego­ti­a­tions, a frame­work agree­ment is a frame­work agree­ment between two par­ties, which rec­og­nizes that the par­ties have not reached a final agree­ment on all rel­e­vant issues con­cern­ing the rela­tion­ship between them, but have agreed on suf­fi­cient issues to con­tin­ue the rela­tion­ship, while pro­vid­ing more details in the future. A frame­work agree­ment is not an inter­im agree­ment. It is more detailed than a state­ment of prin­ci­ple, but less than a full-fledged con­tract. Its aim is to find the fun­da­men­tal com­pro­mis­es nec­es­sary for the par­ties to devel­op and con­clude a com­pre­hen­sive agree­ment that will end the con­flict and estab­lish a last­ing peace. [3] Italy-based pay­ment tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­ny Nexi and Den­mark-based dig­i­tal pay­ments provider Nets have signed a frame­work agree­ment to con­sol­i­date their busi­ness through an all-shar­ing merg­er. In the pub­lic sec­tor, there are a num­ber of cen­tral pur­chas­ing bod­ies which aim to draw up and man­age frame­work agree­ments in line with EU pub­lic pro­cure­ment direc­tives [6] and are avail­able to des­ig­nat­ed pub­lic bod­ies. In the Unit­ed King­dom, these are Crown Com­mer­cial Ser­vice, local con­sor­tia such as the East­ern Shires Pur­chas­ing Organ­i­sa­tion (ESPO) and the York­shire Pur­chas­ing Organ­i­sa­tion (YPO) as well as con­sor­tia, which oper­ate in the high­er edu­ca­tion and train­ing sec­tor: APUC (Scot­land), Cres­cent Pur­chas­ing Con­sor­tium (CPC), [7] Lon­don Uni­ver­si­ties Pur­chas­ing Con­sor­tium (LUPC), North East­ern Uni­ver­si­ties Pur­chas­ing Con­sor­tium (NEUPC), [8] North West­ern Uni­ver­si­ties Pur­chas­ing Con­sor­tium (NWUP) C), [9] and South­ern Uni­ver­si­ties Pur­chas­ing Con­sor­tium (SUPC).

[10] ILO Online: Do these agree­ments also have an impact on sup­pli­ers or relat­ed enter­pris­es? ILO Online: How is the imple­men­ta­tion of the agree­ment mon­i­tored? In many cas­es, it is use­ful for UNHCR to sign a long-term con­tract with a sup­pli­er, whether for goods or services.…