A governance structure divided into seven statutory bodies

MEDEF's governance is structured around seven statutory bodies that ensure the employer organisation's operations run smoothly in its mission to protect and promote the common values and interests of all companies.

The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee sets the organisation's general policy in a range of areas within its purview and makes any related decisions. In particular, upon receiving the Statutory Committee's opinion it rules on the bylaws and general operating procedures for the network comprised of MEDEF and regional chapters. On the President's recommendation and once the Finance Committee has issued its opinion, it also sets MEDEF's annual budget. Lastly, it can mandate MEDEF to open negotiations and sign agreements with trade union federations.

The Executive Committee is chaired by President Pierre Gattaz and contains 45 members elected by the General Assembly. It meets on a monthly basis. Of the 45 members, 22 represent trade federations, 12 represent the regional chapters and 10 are experts appointed by the President.


The Board

The Board helps the President prepare deliberations to submit to the Executive Committee. The Board includes the Chairman and 11 other members elected by the Executive Committee upon recommendation by the President.

The Permanent Assembly

meets every month the day after the Executive Committee's ordinary meetings. This body provides information and interacts with member organisations.


The General Assembly

The General Assembly is comprised of delegates representing member organisations, active members and associate members of MEDEF. Of the 591 members who sit on the General Assembly, 560 have voting rights. It meets at least once per year. It elects the President of MEDEF, the members

of the Executive Committee and the members of the Statutory Committee. It issues opinions on the activity report, the financial report and approves membership enrolments or cancellations.


The Statutory Committee

This body oversees enforcement of the statutes, issues opinions on membership applications to MEDEF, cancellation petitions and proposals to modify the statutes, bylaws and general operating procedures for MEDEF network.


The Finance Committee

The Finance Committee prepares decisions on the budget and dues. It tables its own measures to ensure fairness and transparency in financial matters. At the request of the treasury vice-president, it also issues rulings on individual dues-related cases for members.


The Mandates Committee

The Mandates Committee ensures that the authorised representatives serving in bodies where MEDEF has a permanent seat (UNEDIC, URSAAF, CAF, etc.) are accurately representing the policy set forth by the General Assembly and the Executive Committee. It is chaired by the President of MEDEF and is comprised of the chairs of the Statutory Committee and Finance Committee and members elected for a term of three years by the Executive Committee upon recommendation by the President. 


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