Globalization of the company: growing is looking forward. Being able to access foreign markets is an opportunity for companies with a vocation for development.

One of the objectives of Foment del Treball is promoting and accompanying the export activity of Catalan companies through initiation programs to open new markets and business missions with all of the actors involved.

Lines of action

  • Promoting the export activity of Catalan companies: in terms of new destinations for those that have opened markets or favoring the initiation for those companies that are proposing foreign projection for the first time.

  • Organizing business missions for opening new markets.

  • Monitoring activities, European standards, and international agreements.

  • Reinforcing and maintaining relationships with international institutions, such as business branches, authorities, embassies, and consulates, as well as with international chambers of commerce.

  • Paying special attention to the challenges in matters of international logistics.

The Catalan Observatory is a program established in 2009 by the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science following the United Kingdom’s increasing interest in Catalonia. Its objectives are the projection of Catalonia and its main actors onto an international stage, as well as the promotion, research, debate, and spreading awareness of the principal questions which affect it.

The Fòrum per al Desenvolupament de les Empreses de les Regions Europees (FODERE) unites unions in the five most industrialized European regions: Catalonia, Baden-Württemberg, Piedmont, Rhône-Alpes, and Suisse Romande.

FODERE was created in 1987 as an initiative of the Union of Rhône-Alpes with the goal of joining business organizations from the five most dynamic and industrialized regions of Europe and the most geographically intertwined. Its main objective is to act before the European institutions and public administrations to promote actions that favor the development of companies.

In addition to the Foment del Treball Nacional, this organization currently comprises:

  • Confindustria Piemonte
  • Fédération des Entreprises Romandes Genève (FER-Genève)
  • Landesverband der Baden-Württembergischen Industrie ev
  • Landesvereinigung Baden-Württembergischer Arbeitgeberverbande ev
  • Mouvement des Entreprises de France-MEDEF-Rhône-Alpes.

The presidency of FODERE is rotated every year to one of its member business organizations. The plenary sessions are held at the headquarters of the company holding the presidency. Foment del Treball held the FODERE presidency in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2011.

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More issues


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Sustainibility and Environment

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Training and Business

Training and the link between the academic and the business worlds are essential for the productivity of the country.

Entrepreneurship and Business

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Labour Relations

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