BEERG has three formal members’ meetings per calendar year, each for two days: Wednesday and Thursday. The meetings are in the first weeks of February, June and October. The February and October meetings are in Brussels; the June meeting is outside Barcelona.
The BEERG approach to meetings is based on labour and employment relations professionals discussing issues of concern with one another, in confidence, in an informal environment. Our reception and dinner on the Wednesday evening provides members with an important networking opportunity in a relaxed setting and, from time to time, feature outside speakers from trade unions, the European Commission and/or European Parliament or national or international agencies with an interest in labour relations. In addition to our scheduled meetings we run “ad-hoc” meetings on specific topics from time to time.
BEERG does not seek publicity for itself or its members, but, where appropriate, we have made submissions to governments on the transposition of European Directives into national law and have opened dialogues with government ministers and officials in various EU member states on how proposed changes in domestic employment law would impact the international business community. We have also developed relationships with the relevant EU Commission DGs and EU Parliament committees.
BEERG member companies have a significant presence in the 30 countries within the scope of the European Works Council Directive. BEERG was originally set up to help HR and employee relations executives and specialists and in-house labor counsel with pan-European employee relations issues in general and with issues involving European Works Councils in particular. BEERG is the only employers’ grouping with its own EWC database which allows us to provide members with up-to-the minute information on how best to manage EWCs based on “best practice” among peer companies.
Increasingly, our members have asked that we broaden our services to take account of the continuing globalisation of business and the employee relations issues that come with it. We provide advice and guidance to members companies on the provisions of the international labor codes of the ILO, the UN and OECD. We help members to understand global trade union strategies and advise than on how to deal with international corporate campaigns and requests from Global Union Federations to negotiate International Framework Agreements. We also assist members to manage labor-related corporate social responsibility matters in the company’s own facilities and in the facilities of their supply and distribution chains contractors.