Labor relations

Dialogue and cooperation with unions

The Volvo Group recognizes everyone’s right to freedom of association, and maintains a close relationship with a number of unions that represent our employees. Cooperation with unions complies with the national laws and regulations in each country as stated in our Code of Conduct.

International forums

The Volvo European Workers Council was formed in Europe in 1996 as a forum for employer-employee dialogue. The forum meets once a year and the chairman is the CEO of the Volvo Group.

In addition to this forum, employee representatives have two meetings each year. Representatives from outside Europe are invited every two years. The global Workers Council meeting was held in Sweden in May 2011 and CSR issues topped the agenda, in particular responsible supply chain management. Volvo Group’s global process owner presented the company’s approach and the importance of managing the supply chain in this aspect. The previous global Workers Council was held in China.

The global Workers Council meeting was held in Sweden in May 2011 and CSR issues topped the agenda, in particular responsible supply chain management.

Freedom of association and collective bargaining

Cooperation with unions complies with national laws and regulations in each country. Collective bargaining agreements are used in many places, including the ten countries where we have our largest operations.

In several of the countries in which we operate, our industry has a long tradition of union cooperation. We estimate that approximately 70% of our employees around the world are covered by collective bargaining agreements. We consult trade unions according to local requirements regarding organizational changes.

Board representation

There are three employee representatives on the AB Volvo Board of Directors and two deputies are appointed by the labor organizations.

Did you know?

The Volvo European Workers Council was formed in Europe in 1996 as a forum for employer-employee dialogue. The forum meets once a year and the chairman is the CEO of the Volvo Group.