Made in Cambodia On a Living Wage

We ask that you be part of : Zero tolerance to cheap products tainted with blood and exploitation.

Global brands and unions speaking with one voice.

By requesting a meeting with Mr. Hun Sen, the garment sector is partly holding itself as part of the answer.

Mr. Hun Sen will have to start thinking about the solution he wants to offer rather than throwing the blame on a “coup”.

The way to go is to speak with one voice , with a clear message for Mr. Hun Sen: time for Change has come.





Global brands and unions deserve recognition for their firm stance against the use of deadly weapons by military and police to crackdown on striking workers in Cambodia on 2-3 January 2014. Consumers have a right to know about how their products are made, and would not support products tainted with violations of human rights and exploitation.

The corporate community and all those concerned with the culture of impunity in Cambodia are moving towards the right direction by supporting the United Nations’ call for a prompt and independent investigation of the crackdown. Striking for wages that give value to workers’ labor is a human right. Resolutions can only be found when workers and employers can negotiate in good faith – not in an environment that permits the use of violence, intimidation and a corrupt judicial system that punishes union leaders standing up for justice.

Moving forward, an effective wage-setting mechanism should be established. It should be transparent and include options for suppliers to negotiate directly with the unions, rather than having to go through additional layers of government and industrial associations. Furthermore, a system of incentives should be created for suppliers to comply with and not evade the recommendations of the ILO Better Factories Cambodia. The reports from the ILO Better Factories program should be made public in order for suppliers and manufacturers to remain accountable to buyers, workers, consumers, and the general public.

Global brands and global unions must give a firm message on zero tolerance of corruption when dealing with government officials or with the association of garment and shoe manufacturers. The rampant level of corruption in Cambodia is what drives up prices while diminishing wages and impeding Cambodia’s pathway to a healthy, vibrant, and dignified economy for all.

As a thriving sector that accounts for 85% of Cambodia’s total export revenue, it is in everyone’s interest to address the root causes of this current crisis and to ensure that the national Labor Law and international standards are properly implemented.

Phnom Penh
19 January, 2014


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