Employers’ Confederation of Latvia (LDDK) is the largest organisation that represents employers in Latvia.
LDDK members employ 44% of Latvia’s employees.
The LDDK was established in 1993.
The LDDK is a socio-economic partner in negotiations with Parliament, the Cabinet of Ministers and the Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia .
The LDDK brings together and represents:
- 112 sector leaders – companies which employ more than 50 employees;
- 64 sector-based and regional business associations and federations;
- More than 5,000 companies, among which 3,036 are micro and small enterprises.
To establish an environment that supports entrepreneurship in Latvia, facilitating the competitiveness of companies and representing employers in the framework of social dialogue at the national, European Union and international level.
In 2020, the LDDK represents companies which employ more than 50% of employees in Latvia, and the LDDK has also achieved stable support from the government for the development of entrepreneurship in Latvia and for the competitiveness of Latvian companies in Europe and the rest of the world.
- Leadership. LDDK is the leading voice in representing employers in Latvia in terms of setting areas of activity aimed at establishing a favourable business environment.
- Consolidation. LDDK is the voice of Latvian businesses, and LDDK members stand together in strengthening organisations of employers and in developing an environment that supports entrepreneurship and ensures public understanding of employer organisations.
- Competence. LDDK brings together the knowledge and experience of its members, employs professional employees and experts, and involves Latvian and international partners in pursuit of its goals.
- Responsibility. LDDK is a democratic organisation, studying the needs of its members and reaching agreement about the interests of various sectors and companies when it comes to the development of entrepreneurship.
- Honesty. LDDK trusts its partners and is honest in its activities.
- Openness. LDDK is always open to new members – employers and organisations of employers – so as to facilitate the creation of an environment that supports entrepreneurship.
- Co-operation: In pursuit of the goals of its members, the LDDK works with national and international business associations of companies, organisations of employers in other countries, as well as other non-governmental organisations and state and local government institutions.
- Ensuring the preparation of policies that support entrepreneurship and the competiveness of companies so as to ensure the sustainable development of the Latvian economy
- Facilitating socio-economic conditions that are in line with the interests of Latvian employers, and to facilitate socially responsible entrepreneurship
- Preserving and increasing the influence of employers in the drafting of policies
ACTIVITIES AND PRIORITIES, 2014-2020
The Priorities of the LDDK between 2014 and 2020 are the following when it comes to achieving its strategic goals:
In order to ensure policies that support entrepreneurship and competitiveness for companies and thus to ensure sustainable development of Latvia’s economy, the following must be achieved:
- Ease the handling of disputes that relate to contractual relations
- Improve insolvency processes
- Improve the effectiveness of the labour market
- Improve the quality of higher education and research
- Ensure the availability of professionals in the labour market
- Improve technological readiness for the transfer of knowledge
- Facilitate innovations and their application
To facilitate socioeconomic circumstances that satisfy the interests of Latvia’s employers and to encourage socially responsible entrepreneurship, the following priorities must be pursued:
- Facilitate support for labour rights and safety at work
- Facilitate higher wages in line with higher productivity
- Facilitate the establishment of an infrastructure for the development of businesses
- Encourage the creation of technologies with a high level of added value
- Lower taxes on education and training, facilitate lifelong learning
- Improve the public procurement system