- Qualifizieriungsförderwerk Chemie GmbH (QFC)
- Association of Independent Trade Unions of the Czech Republic (ASO CR)
- Regional Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESER) of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
- Comité Económico y Social de la Comunidad Valenciana (CES)
- Sächsische Bildungsgesellschaft für Umweltschutz und Chemieberufe (SBG)
- Merseburg Innovation and Technology Centre (MITZ)
- Institut für Strukturpolitik und Wirtschaftsförderung gemeinnützige Gesellschaft mbH (isw Institute)
- Gesellschaft für Innovative Beschäftigungsfördering mbH (G.I.B.)
Qualifizieriungsförderwerk Chemie GmbH (QFC), is an international project and training agency based in Hannover that originated from the Chemical, Pulp and Paper and Ceramic Workers’ Union in 1994. Since its merger in 1997 into the IG BCE (Mining, Chemical and Energy Workers’ Union), the IG BCE is the sole shareholder of the QFC.
Major task of the first years was to empower people threatened by unemployment to find a new occupation and to support company reorganizations after they emerged from the former GDR collective-enterprises. Through purposeful qualification of employees the QFC made a contribution to the growth and promotion of economic and industrial development, and was actively involved in supporting restructuring of chemical industries of East Germany.
Today, the QFC is an internationally operating project and training agency and focusses on activities that promote social and social participation. QFC works solution-oriented and internationally on the sustainable implementation of consulting and qualification projects.
The core competencies lie in the field of initial training, qualification support and European competence and transfer management. The educational work is oriented to quality standards and supports the site security and regional development of companies.
Countries in which QFC operates are Germany, Poland, Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic and Italy.
The Association of Independent Trade Unions of the Czech Republic (ASO CR) is the second largest union in the Czech Republic. Together with CMKOS, ASO represents trade unions in the Council of Economic and Social Agreement (tripartite). Trade unions associated in the ASO are politically independent, free and have their own identity. They represent about 200.000 members in total. The Secretariat of ASO CR is located in Prague.
ASO CR was established in July 1995 and founded by the Union of Agricultural and Food Workers of Bohemia and Moravia, the Union of Private Employees and the Union of Northwest Power Engineers. In the course of the following years, other trade unions such as the Trade Union of Railroaders, the Flat Glass Union, the Union of Nuclear Energy Employees and the Air Traffic Controllers have joined the association. ASO also cooperates with some independent trade unions and separate organizations.
The Regional Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESER) of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is the regional consultative assembly of the region. It falls under the responsibility of the regional counsel (the deliberative institution) and its president. The two councils together form the ‘regional institutions’.
The CESER is a place of exchange and dialogue, produces analysis and propositions, expresses and shares visions with respect to the fundamental issues for the region and aims to inform and enlighten decision-makers about future policies.
As an advisory council, it gives recommendations to the Regional Council both at the request of the latter or following mandatory referrals on the budget or blueprints of regional policies. It can also make studies or adopt recommendations on its own initiative on economic, social or environmental issues.
The Comité Económico y Social de la Comunidad Valenciana (CES) is a consultative body of the Valencian government and, in general, the public institutions of Valencia, in economic, social, labour and employment matters.
Its most important function is to issue opinions on draft laws that regulate (socio-)economic and employment matters that fall under the responsibility of the Valencian Community.
The institution is made up of 18 members, including its President, and appointed by the regional counsel. The 18 members are divided into three groups: group I represents the trade union organizations, group II the business organizations and group III represents the social economy sector, the primary sector of the Valencian economy, consumer organizations, users and local corporations and the Council of Official Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of the Valencian Community. Finally, without forming a distinct group, the committee also includes two experts in matters pertaining to the scope of the committee's competencies
The Sächsische Bildungsgesellschaft für Umweltschutz und Chemieberufe (SBG) Dresden is a non-profit, privately organised educational institution for initial vocational training, further education and vocational preparation and orientation in the field of Natural Sciences, technical environmental protection, personal services, floristics and painting.
The education centre is based in Dresden-Johannstadt and has been an educational service provider for the German chemical industry for more than 65 years and has its origins in the paint and coatings industry of the former GDR.
The Merseburg Innovation and Technology Centre (MITZ) is a modern centre with and for creative and innovative minds. Optimal working and basic conditions, a well-designed infrastructure, state-of-the-art office and laboratory space and technical equipment offer start-ups and small and medium-sized companies excellent conditions to work effectively on setting up their company. Also advantageous are a good mix of industries, the proximity to the campus of the Merseburg University of Applied Sciences and the close link with neighbouring industrial sites.
MITZ also helps companies in the preparation, application and implementation of knowledge transfer, technology and innovation-oriented projects at regional, supra-regional and European level.
The Institut für Strukturpolitik und Wirtschaftsförderung gemeinnützige Gesellschaft mbH (isw Institute) is an independent and non-partisan institute for structural policy and economic development that was founded by a group of young scientists from Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg in 1991. The institute has its headquarters in Halle (Saale) and has since its foundation been committed to application-oriented and interdisciplinary economic, educational and technology-oriented research. The institute has offices in Berlin, Magdeburg and Erfurt.
The institute currently employs about 80 staff from different disciplines, such as economics and regional science, education, social, technology and labour market research as well as computer science.
The geographical focus of isw’s research activities is the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt, the Free States of Saxony and Thuringia - in particular the cross-border Central German economic area.
In addition, the isw Institute realizes research projects in various German regions and within the EU. In its applied economic, educational and technology-oriented research work, the isw Institut relies above all on cooperation with municipalities, districts, regional councils, regions and state governments, but also with individual companies, associations, trade unions, chambers, foundations and other social Groups.
The Gesellschaft für Innovative Beschäftigungsfördering mbH (G.I.B.) is a state-owned institution and works to assist the government of Nordrhein-Westfalen in achieving its objectives of promoting employment and combating unemployment.
Since 1986, G.I.B. has supported the actors in Nordrhein-Westfalen to implement labour policy initiatives and programs and develop of innovative concepts and projects. G.I.B works in close cooperation with the Ministry of Labour of the country. In doing so, it provides its services in an independent and self-responsible manner, and involves labour policy actors at the country level and provides information, advice and training in local communities and on-site projects. G.I.B. supports programs and initiatives from the moment and idea is developed until the projects are evaluated.