Sigurt Vitols

Associate Researcher


Sigurt’s main research interests include company sustainability, worker participation,  responsible investment practices, and the impact of alternative investment funds on companies. He coordinates the ETUI’s GoodCorp network of experts on European company law and corporate governance. Together with this group, he has developed a stakeholder-based alternative to the shareholder value model of corporate governance, which is entitled “The Sustainable Company.” In cooperation with the ETUI’s Research Department he has developed the European Participation Index (EPI), which measures the strength of workers’ voice in different European countries. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. in economic sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from Haverford College. He has teaching experience at the Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the New York University Semester Abroad Program.

Areas of activity

GoodCorp, WPEurope, European Worker Participation Competence Centre.

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Benchmarking Working Europe 2020

→ A virus is haunting Europe. And it could strike again. This year’s 20th anniversary issue of our flagship publication Benchmarking Working Europe brings to a growing audience of trade unionists, industrial relations specialists and policymakers a simple warning: beside SARS-CoV-2, the virus that has caused the Covid-19... Find out more

Jan Cremers, Sigurt Vitols

Exercising voice across borders: workers’ rights under the EU Cross-border Mergers Directive

This book contains the results of a study of workers' rights to information, consultation and participation in EU and national law covering cross-border mergers, which was undertaken by the ETUI’s GOODCORP network of academic and trade union experts on company law and corporate governance. Based on an analysis of available statistics, nine national... Find out more

The EU company law package: how it should be improved to strengthen workers' rights and avoid abuse through cross-border company mobility

The proposed EU company law package, which was published in April 2018 by the European Commission, seeks to encourage cross-border company mobility while at the same time protecting stakeholder interests. The ETUI’s GOODCORP network of company law experts has identified three areas where the package needs to be revised in the interests of... Find out more

Jan Cremers, Sigurt Vitols

Takeovers with or without worker voice: workers’ rights under the EU Takeover Bids Directive

This book presents the results of a study of workers’ rights during company takeover situations in Europe. Takeovers are extremely important for workers because a change in ownership frequently leads to restructuring in the firm, including replacement of management, changed working conditions, increased work intensity and/or mass redundancies. It... Find out more