Cambodia approves draft union law amid criticism

Cambodia’s government is moving forward in adopting a controversial law on trade unions, despite opposition from labour rights groups and garment manufacturers. Latest figures show Cambodia’s garment and footwear exports in the first six months of 2015 reached US$3 bn, a rise of 12.7% on ...

Leonie Barrie

Crystal expands sustainability with Cambodia jeans plant

Hong Kong based garment manufacturing giant Crystal Group is hoping to replicate the success of its “Chinese role model sustainable denim jeans factory” with its new facility in Cambodia. ...

Just-Style News Staff

Cambodia garment strikes negatively impacting industry

Two weeks of strikes by Cambodian garment workers of a Phnom Penh factory could have “negatively impacted” the country’s industry, The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has said.  Figures published last week by GMAC showed the number of strikes at Cambodia’s garment factories during ...

Michelle Russell

Cambodia labour abuse claims disputed

UK retailer Marks & Spencer and the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) have disputed the details of a report alleging labour rights abuses are still rife in the country’s garment factories, with both claiming they are committed to providing and supporting safe working conditions. ...

Katie Smith

Report urges overhaul of Cambodia factory safety

Safety in Cambodian garment factories needs to be improved through a complete overhaul of building regulations and the inspection regime, says a new report. The Cambodia Garment and Footwear Industry Fire and Life Safety Risk report, funded by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the International ...

Richard Woodard

Cambodia to discuss garment sector wages next week

A Cambodia government-appointed Labour Advisory Committee (LAC) may decide on a new minimum monthly wage for garment sector workers when it meets next week, just-style has been told. The committee is due to meet on Wednesday (12 November), when it will discuss whether to increase the ...

Poorna Rodrigo

Transparency boosting Cambodia factory improvements

Transparent reporting of garment factory compliance in Cambodia is continuing to help to improve conditions for workers, according to a new report. In its third online transparency report, the International Labor Organization (ILO’s) Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) programme said two of the 13 factories in the Low Compliance group had ...

Michelle Russell

Cambodia: Garment and textile exports grow in Q1

Despite lapses in factory safety and ongoing labour unrest, Cambodian exports of garments and textiles grew 9% in the first three months of the year. According to data from the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), Cambodia exported US$1.17bn worth of garments and textiles between January ...

Katie Smith

CAMBODIA: Unions plan day of action for arrested workers

International labour organisations Industrial Global Union, UNI Global Union and ITUC are seeking international support for a day of action in support of garment workers arrested during recent strikes in Cambodia. The groups are calling on people to demonstrate outside Cambodian embassies and deliver protest letters ...

Richard Woodard

CAMBODIA: Better Factories programme renewed

The Better Factories Cambodia programme has been renewed after a new, three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was agreed. The new agreement, aimed at furthering the initiative’s mission to improve working conditions in Cambodian garment factories, was signed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Cambodian Ministry ...

Richard Woodard

UK: Cambodia worker health part of M&S Plan A progress

UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) is trialling a new campaign aimed at helping 14,000 garment workers in Cambodia deal with common health issues, as part of its Plan A ethical programme. The company, which aims to become the world’s most sustainable major retailer by 2015, ...

Katie Smith

CAMBODIA: H&M calls for annual minimum wage review

The Cambodian government should construct an effective annual review system for the minimum wage to ease worker unrest, according to clothing retail giant H&M. The Swedish company’s comments came after CEO Karl-Johan Persson visited the country in mid-October, meeting Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen and other ...

Richard Woodard

CAMBODIA: Better Factories goes mobile with labour law app

The Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) monitoring and reporting scheme is launching a mobile app next month to help improve knowledge of the country’s labour law for those working in the industry. Partially funded by Adidas, the ‘Cambodian Labour Law Guide’ app will be available to download ...

Leonie Barrie

Cambodia: A rising star with a falling reputation?

Cambodia’s reputation as a standard-bearer for apparel workers’ rights is wearing thin – and yet the country is a rising star when it comes to attracting foreign investment and increasing exports. There are many reasons to deter brands and retailers from sourcing clothing in Cambodia. The Kingdom ...


CAMBODIA: H&M hits back at low wage claims

Swedish fashion retailer H&M has hit back at accusations that it fails to pay adequate wages to workers in Cambodian factories making its clothes – and says instead that the situation would be a lot worse if it didn’t source from the country ...


H&M meets NGOs and factories to improve working conditions

H&M Hennes & Mauritz’s head of sustainability Helena Helmersson was in Cambodia last week to meet with ILO/Better Works Cambodia on how to improve working conditions in export garment factories. Helmersson said in a blog post that the lack of dialogue between workers and factory management ...


New outsourcing players challenge export giants

Of course the BRIC countries are far from being the only emerging market suppliers for the global apparel sector – and a knot of competitors such as Bangladesh and Vietnam have long been vying for business. But there are smaller players (in terms of the ...


CAMBODIA: Gap calls for probe into supplier strike

US retailer Gap Inc says it has “demanded an immediate investigation” in response to allegations of harassment at one of its suppliers in Cambodia. A strike at the Ocean Garment Factory in Phnom Penh has now entered its third week, despite a court ordering the 2,500 ...


CAMBODIA: Strike continues at Gap supplier factory

A strike at the Ocean Garment factory in Phnom Penh, which supplies US retailer Gap, has entered its third week, despite a court ordering the 2,500 protestors to return to work. The unrest began on 11 August after six female employees accused their Bangladeshi manager of ...


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