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Sectoral social dialogue - Contract catering

Social partners

Employees' organisations Employers' organisations

European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions

European Federation of Contract Catering Organisations

Social dialogue in this sector covers:

  • contract catering and canteens.

The contract catering sector employs 600,000 people all over Europe and has an annual turnover of €22 billion. It delivers around 6 billion meals each year.

The major challenge for this sector is to reduce its environmental impact, reduce the amount of packaging used, and invest in sorting waste and in recycling. The industry acknowledges its role in promoting healthy eating and fighting obesity. Since 2005, the contract catering industry has actively participated in the EU Platform on Diet, Physical Activity and Health.

Focus areas

The Committee is currently focusing on:

  • public procurement
  • corporate social responsibility
  • vocational training
  • fighting obesity.

Activities and meetings

Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee


  • an agreement on corporate social responsibility (2007)
  • a joint declaration on food hygiene and safety (2000)
  • an agreement on employment and training (1999)

See also "European sectoral social dialogue – recent developments" (2010 brochure).