Cambodia sees new policy framework, ADB loan & BFC extension in 2022

Implementation of the National Policy Framework for Cambodia’s Economic Productivity 2022-35, a pact with Japan to make Sihanoukville a major port, a $50-million loan from the Asian Development Bank to back economic diversification and boost competitiveness, and extension of the Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) programme ...

Khmer Times Staff

2027 extension for ‘Better Factories’ inspection regime

The government and the US-based International Labour Organisation (ILO) have agreed to continue their cooperation and renew their MOU that will extend the “Better Factories Cambodia” (BFC) 2023-2027 programme. ...

Lay Samean

Ministries: Join BFC or lose export privileges

Two ministries on February 22 ordered factory owners and directors in the textile, garment, bag and travel-goods export sectors to register with Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) and obtain certification on working conditions. ...

Thou Vireak

Ministry to promote workers’ rights amid partial EBA status suspension

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training yesterday vowed that it would continue to promote workers’ rights and fair working conditions for those in the garment sector amid the recommended partial withdrawal of the European Union’s Everything but arms (EBA) preferential trade scheme in Cambodia. ...

Sun Mesa

Patrick Murphy praises ministry for expanding BFC programme

United States Ambassador Patrick Murphy has lauded the Kingdom’s efforts in strengthening labour conditions by expanding the Better Factories Cambodia programme to also cover travel goods production. ...

Sen David

Garment, travel goods exports will stay strong, says minister

Minister of Commerce Pan Sorasak on Thursday expressed his optimism that garment, textile, footwear and travel goods exports will continue to enjoy strong growth over the next few years. He cited better working conditions and labour compliance as the main drivers of the Kingdom’s industrial ...

Factory conditions improving: BFC

Better Factories Cambodia has found that more and more factories in the country are complying with its standards when dealing with critical worker issues after it began conducting studies on factory compliance. These critical issues include child labour, discrimination, forced labour and freedom of association. ...

Sen David

Canada praises progress in factory labour conditions

Donica Pattie, Canada’s Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, on Friday lauded Cambodia’s recent advancements in factory labour conditions, which she said might prompt Canada to increase purchases from Cambodian textile manufacturers, according to a high-ranking Cambodian official. ...

May Kunmakara

Report shows little sign of improvement at factories

A Better Factories Cambodia report shows little improvement in the continued use of short-term contracts and safety and health conditions for workers at surveyed factories, with total compliance of all exporting factories still stuck at less than 50 percent. The International Labour Organisation’s compliance program conducts ...

Yon Sineat and Ananth Baliga

Working conditions improving in garment factories: ILO

A report released Tuesday by Better Factories Cambodia (BFC), a programme of the International Labour Organisation, found that compliance in the garment industry with working conditions regulations has improved substantially in the last four year. ...

May Kunmakara

Government, labor body cement ties

Because of improved working conditions in garment and footwear factories across the Kingdom, the government yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to continue implementing the Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) program for three more years. During a celebration commemorating the 15th anniversary of BFC, Labor Minister ...

Mom Kunthear

Working conditions in Cambodia's garment factories slightly improved: group

The International Labor Organization (ILO) has found a slight improvement in Cambodia’s garment factory working conditions, although issues of overtime and occupational safety and health continue, according to its latest report released on Wednesday. ...

Shanghai Daily News Staff

Cambodian garment makers, ILO sign deal to abolish child labour

The International Labour Organization’s Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) and the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) signed an agreement on Thursday to jointly eliminate child labour in the garment industry. ...

Global Post News Staff

ILO, Cambodian garment manufacturers agree to eliminate child labor

Child labor has been a problem plaguing Cambodia for years, and a new agreement between the International Labour Organization’s Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) and the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) is the latest effort to eradicate it. “The agreement emphasizes collaboration between BFC and ...

Tara Donaldson

Monitor, GMAC at odds over plan

The head of the Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) program said yesterday that consultations on its new public-disclosure initiative have been going on for more than a year, contrary to claims by a garment factory representative who characterised the process as hasty. Jill Tucker, chief technical adviser ...

Daniel de Carteret and May Kunmakara

Mum’s the word at yearly brand forum

Cambodia’s biggest international garment brands met yesterday to discuss wage issues, strikes and worker conditions, among other of the industry’s most pressing topics. But in a year marked by a fatal building collapse at the Wing Star Shoes factory in Kampong Speu, mass demonstrations, and bankruptcies ...

Sean Teehan

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

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