Industry is strategic for Catalonia: a country without industry is a weak country. Moreover, the current economic crisis has confirmed the weakness of an economic model that is too dependent on the tertiary sector and construction. This fact, together with the processes of globalizing production, the competition of the emerging countries, and the competitive factors pending resolution (energy prices, rigidity of the job market, and lack of adequate infrastructures), is proof that we have a long way to go.

Foment del Treball is aware of the planning tools and proposals oriented towards the industrial sector, such as the Lisbon Strategy and the Pla Estratègic Industrial, and supports export and globalization strategies

Lines of action

  • Monitoring the development and/or possible revision of the planning tools and the proposals oriented towards the industrial sector, such as the Lisbon Strategy, the Pla Integral of Política Industrial, or the Acord Energètic, amongst others.

  • Monitoring regulations with a transversal impact on the industrial sector, such as Industrial Safety.

  • Proposing measures to improve the competitive position of the sector: ensuring the adequate adaptation of regulations, the appropriate deployment of appropriate incentives in investment and innovation, and the framework of the infrastructures necessary for the correct development of the activity (mobility, energy, ICT, industrial parks), as well as the reformation of the job market and the training sector to improve the link between the industrial sector and employment.

  • Supporting strategies for exporting and globalization.

  • Promoting social recognition of the industrial activity.

More issues


Analysing and tracking the evolution of the global economic context is one of the objectives of Foment del Treball

Labour Relations

From a business point of view, necessary reforms for the modernization of the labour market need to achieve quality employment.

Sustainibility and Environment

Making the defense of general principles of market freedom compatible with the environmental commitment is the backbone of Foment del Treball.


Energy sources and the debate on their future are important key points in a time of change and an adverse economic situation.


One of the objectives is favoring business competitiveness. And to be competitive, the investments in research, development, and innovation are indispensable.

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

The lines of action for the company and entrepreneurship are directly related to the operation of the business unit.


Economic recovery must happen in order to set priorities and assure the creation of basic infrastructures (railway, environmental, technological, energy, etc.).


Growing is looking forward. Being able to access foreign markets is an opportunity for companies with a vocation for development.