About us

We believe that private sector employers are the key to the development of Estonia and the welfare of its people. Realising this responsibility, we have intentionally taken an active role in improving life in Estonia. The Estonian Employers’ Confederation stands for a vital Estonia, being the voice of employers in Estonia and internationally.

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

To that end, we:

  • influence legislators and the government to take decisions contributing to economic growth and a better enterprise environment;
  • provide entrepreneurs and their associations with knowledge to help them grow and achieve more;
  • inform the public about the economy and the role of employers and entrepreneurs.


The  Estonian Employers’ Confederation includes all the main industrial associations and many large businesses in Estonia. Directly and through industry associations, we represent more than 1500 companies employing in excess of 145,000 people.

We are the only enterprise organisation in Estonia recognised as a social partner, as we represent employers in the councils of the Estonian Health Insurance Fund, the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund and the Estonian Qualifications Authority and in negotiations on the national minimal wage. We support an economic environment in which social partners take as large a share as possible of the decisions affecting the labour market without the government’s intervention.

The Estonian Employers’ Confederation is a member of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the Confederation of European Business (BUSINESSEUROPE) and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC). We represent the interests of the Estonian enterprise environment in international organisations in the broadest sense. In our international activities we stand for an open and strong European Union with a competitive economy in the international context.


What do we stand for?

  • knowledge-based economy
  • legal certainty for the entrepreneur
  • a fair taxation environment
  • lower labour taxes
  • flexible employment relations
  • regular and proactive conversion training
  • internationalisation of higher education
  • vocational education of high quality and reputation
  • an increased share of technical professions in higher education
  • better reputation of entrepreneurs
  • value-based public procurements


Employers’ Manifesto