Peru: BWI signs OHS Declaration with Faber-Castell

Last 17 February, BWI and its affiliate, the Union Trade Union of Workers of A.W. Faber Castell in Peru (SUTFACAP) inked a Joint Declaration on Safe and Healthy Workplaces with the management of the multinational company, Faber-Castell. 

Signatories to the declaration were SUTFACAP General Secretary Celso Arce, BWI Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean Nilton Freitas and Faber-Castell Peru General Manager Fernando Cabrera. The declaration expresses the commitment of the workers and company to work together to promote healthier and safer workplaces. A similar declaration was signed by trade unionists and the Faber-Castell management in Brazil last year.

“BWI and its affiliated unions in Latin America, the Caribbean and worldwide are committed to ensure the prioritisation life over profit as bannered by our global campaign: Global Alliance on Safe and Healthy Workplaces. This OHS Declaration with Faber-Castell in Peru showcases the importance of field-based trade union action to realise OHS as a fundamental right of workers, and comply with the UN's 2030 agenda,” Freitas said. 

With the latest signed OHS declaration, BWI and Faber-Castell strengthened their commitment to create of concrete policies and practices that promote safe and healthy workplaces as a fundamental right of workers in two of the Latin American and Caribbean countries where they have operations.

In 2021, Faber Castell Group, represented by its Chief Technological Officer Simon Hauser, signed an OHS Joint with trade unionists, BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson and IG Metall Representative Michael Knoche at the international level covering close to 8,000 workers, 2,530 of whom are employed in Brazil’s cities of Manaus, São Carlos and Prata; and another 550 workers from Peru.