On 20 October the Belgian materials technology and recycling group together with the international union federation IndustriAll Global Union renewed for the third time their global framework agreement on sustainable development. The agreement that was first signed in 2007 is renewed every four years. In it are contained commitments on fundamental labor rights as well as on the environment. In this context IndustriAll Global and Umicore have together undertaken joint missions to verify that the commitments are being upheld at the industrial sites including in Shanghai (China), Guarulhos (Brazil), Port Elizabeth (South Africa), Tulsa (The United States), Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and most recently as of February 2015, Subic in the Philippines. The agreement covers 14,000 workers across 38 different countries.