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Sectoral social dialogue - Sugar

Social partners

Employees' organisations Employers' organisations
European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions European Committee of Sugar Manufacturers

Social dialogue in this sector covers:

  • corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • health and safety
  • restructuring
  • employability
  • integrating organisations from the newest EU countries and candidate countries.

In Europe, the sugar industry employs some 37,000 workers and indirectly generates 180,000 more jobs (farmers, subcontractors, transport).

The main challenge facing the sector is massive restructuring stemming from legislative changes in the context of globalisation.

Focus areas

The Committee is currently focusing on:

  • future of the EU sugar regime and social consequences
  • corporate social responsibility
  • assessment of the sugar code of conduct in the light of ISO 26 000 and the new UN Business Human Rights Framework
  • major external/internal challenges facing the European sugar industry.

Activities and meetings

Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.


  • 9th implementation report of the corporate social responsibility code of conduct (2011 - adopted 2012)
  • Joint position on the mobilisation of the European Global Adjustment fund (2006)
  • Access to European structural funds practical guide (2005)
  • Corporate social responsibility in the sugar industry : code of conduct and an annex with examples of good practices (2003)

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