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Swedes, Swiss give $15M for local gov’t

The governments of Sweden and Switzerland have pledged more than $15 million to the strengthening of sub-national governance in Cambodia from 2015 to 2017. ...

Chhay Channyda
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/swedes-swiss-give-15m-local-govt

H&M, ILO Form New Industrial Relations Initiative

In an effort to bring stability back to the country’s embattled but crucial garment industry, the Ministry of Labor has joined forces with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and Swedish clothing giant H&M in a campaign for unions and factories to sign direct agreements to ...

Lauren Crothers
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hm-ilo-form-new-industrial-relations-initiative-61424/

H&M may raise prices to pay workers

Clothing giant H&M is considering raising retail prices and passing the buck onto the consumer to help pay higher wages to garment workers in poor countries. There won’t be any price increases in the short-term, but it “might be a possibility” in the future, Helena Helmersson, ...

Daniel de Carteret and May Kunmakara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/hm-may-raise-prices-pay-workers

No consensus on next move in SL drama

After the management of an embattled garment factory this week refused to follow a government order to reinstate 19 dismissed union leaders and activists, unionists and observers are at a divergence of opinion over how the state should respond. “It’s fairly unprecedented,” Dave Welsh, country director ...

Sean Teehan and Mom Kunthear
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/no-consensus-next-move-sl-drama

H&M tries exclusivity agreement

Clothing giant H&M is testing the garment production waters by entering into exclusivity agreements with factories in Cambodia and Bangladesh, according to a report from Bloomberg News yesterday. This means that Sweden-based H&M would buy all of the factory’s output. H&M, it seems, would still be ...

Daniel de Carteret
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/hm-tries-exclusivity-agreement

Cambodia scores high marks for renewable energy

Cambodia’s share of modern biomass in total energy consumption is among the highest in the world, according to a report released Tuesday by the World Bank and the International Energy Agency. The report also found that growth in Cambodia’s dependence on renewable energy excluding traditional biomass ...

http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=15&token=MjRiYTU0NzYyNTR

H&M reveals suppliers

About a quarter of the garment factories in Cambodia that supply Swedish clothing giant H&M have been the scene of mass faintings or large-scale strikes since 2010, based on a suppliers list the clothing giant released late last week. Along with its 2012 sustainability report, the ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013032564667/National/h-m-reveals-suppliers.html

Thousands Protest at H&M Factory, Demand Wage Hike

Thousands of garment workers yesterday protested outside a factory in Pur Senchey district making garments for the Swedish clothing company H&M, demanding a raise to their minimum wage and meal benefits, workers and union representative said. The workers of Gladpeer Garments Factory (Cambodia) Ltd., are demanding ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

A factory’s fainting crisis

In a single factory that supplies some of the biggest international brands, faintings occurred every day for five years, a new investigation by the Cambodian Legal Education Centre has found. Until just weeks ago, when the management installed new fans, three to four garments workers were ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012110759624/National-news/a-factorys-fainting-crisis.html

Swedish outcry has royal voice in midst

Growing calls in Sweden for multinational clothing giant H&M to increase wages for Cambodian garment workers have taken a royal twist. Cambodia’s Prince Charin Norodom, 38, who has lived in Sweden for more than 30 years, told the Post yesterday that he had been working behind ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012103159482/National-news/swedish-outcry-has-royal-voice-in-midst.html

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 ...

http://www.just-style.com/news/hm-hits-back-at-low-wage-claims_id115952.aspx

Officials deny arrest has links to new loans

The rumour mill has been in overdrive regarding the arrest of The Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg; however, various government officials yesterday shunned the conspiracy theories. Tom Abrahamsson, head of administrative and consular matters at the Swedish Embassy in Phnom Penh, refuted speculation that Svartholm ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012090758558/National-news/officials-deny-arrest-has-links-to-new-loans.html

Soft loan from Sweden

Sweden loaned Cambodia US$57 million yesterday for economic country development and cooperation for the duration of 2012-2013. The agreement was made between Cambodia’s Economic Minister Keat Chhon and Swedish ambassador to Cambodia Anne Hoglund at the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) yesterday morning. Keat Chhon ...

May Kunmakara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012090658528/Business/soft-loan-from-sweden.html

Sweden Donates $3.97M to Khmer Rouge Tribunal

The international side of the Khmer Rouge tribunal has had its financial woes briefly allayed by a $3.97 million pledge from Sweden to fund operations for the next two years. ...

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