The Estonian Employers’ Confederation

Our mission is to contribute to Estonia’s economic growth and improve the standard of living of its people.

Among the members of the Estonian Employers’ Confederation are all of the biggest industrial associations and most of the large businesses in the country which are well known and respected by the public. Both directly and through industry associations, we are the voice of over 2000 companies employing more than 250,000 people.

About us

We believe that private-sector employers are the key to the development of Estonia and to the welfare of its people. In the light of this responsibility, we have intentionally taken an active role in improving life in the country. As the voice of employers in Estonia and internationally, the Estonian Employers’ Confederation advocates for a truly dynamic nation.
Our mission is to contribute to Estonia’s economic growth and improve the standard of living of its people.

What do we stand for?

  • A knowledge-based economy
  • Legal certainty for entrepreneurs
  • A fair tax environment
  • Lower labour taxes
  • Flexible employment relations
  • Regular and proactive retraining
  • The internationalisation of higher education
  • Reputable, high-quality vocational education
  • An increased share of technical professions in higher education
  • Entrepreneurs earning and enjoying a better reputation
  • Value-based public procurements

Our History

On 17 February 1917 (2 March on the new calendar), the industrialist Martin Luther convened representatives of 18 of Tallinn’s largest factories, who decided to establish a union of Tallinn-based manufacturers. Luther was elected as its chairman and Konrad Mauritz as its secretary. The union was based at 12 Vana-Viru Street, in the building which is currently the seat of Tallinn City Council.