Global fashion brands send letter of concern over labour standards to Cambodia’s leader

Cambodian garment workers on the way to the factory

Nearly two dozen global clothing and shoe brands have penned a letter urging action on what they call a “problematic labour and human rights situation” in Cambodia, according to a Reuters report.

The companies, including Adidas, Puma, Levi Strauss, Timberland, Under Armour, Ralph Lauren, Lululemon, New Balance and others as part of an American Apparel and Footwear Association-led coalition wrote directly to Cambodia’s longtime leader Hun Sen, saying the country’s record on labour and human rights threatens to bring sanctions for its crucial garment industry.

The letter urges the Cambodian government to amend a trade union law, repeal the law on non-governmental organisations and drop all outstanding criminal charges against union leaders.

“The credibility of Cambodia’s apparel, footwear, and travel goods sectors are at stake,” the letter noted, adding that “we are concerned that the labour and human rights situation in Cambodia is risking the loss of trade preferences for Cambodia.”

Compliance with international standards urged

“We urge the government of Cambodia to publicly present a roadmap — together with an inclusive tripartite national mechanism — that sets out and implements specific, concrete and time-bound steps to bring Cambodia in line with international standards on the above issues,” the letter went on.

Many of the companies that signed the most recent letter had been sourcing products from Cambodia since the mid-1990s. Together, their work with Cambodian suppliers contributed to roughly $9.5 billion in apparel and footwear imports to the US last year.

However, the issues were first raised in another letter sent in November 2018 after a delegation of international brands met with Cambodian government officials to discuss the concerns, but no immediate action followed.

Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour told Reuters he had not seen the latest letter but said it “might contain the same out-of-date concerns that we have already addressed according to the Cambodian law and legal process.”



Support ASEAN news

Investvine has been a consistent voice in ASEAN news for more than a decade. From breaking news to exclusive interviews with key ASEAN leaders, we have brought you factual and engaging reports – the stories that matter, free of charge.

Like many news organisations, we are striving to survive in an age of reduced advertising and biased journalism. Our mission is to rise above today’s challenges and chart tomorrow’s world with clear, dependable reporting.

Support us now with a donation of your choosing. Your contribution will help us shine a light on important ASEAN stories, reach more people and lift the manifold voices of this dynamic, influential region.

$
Personal Info

Donation Total: $10.00

 

 

Cambodian garment workers on the way to the factory Nearly two dozen global clothing and shoe brands have penned a letter urging action on what they call a “problematic labour and human rights situation” in Cambodia, according to a Reuters report. The companies, including Adidas, Puma, Levi Strauss, Timberland, Under Armour, Ralph Lauren, Lululemon, New Balance and others as part of an American Apparel and Footwear Association-led coalition wrote directly to Cambodia’s longtime leader Hun Sen, saying the country’s record on labour and human rights threatens to bring sanctions for its crucial garment industry. The letter urges the Cambodian government...

Cambodian garment workers on the way to the factory

Nearly two dozen global clothing and shoe brands have penned a letter urging action on what they call a “problematic labour and human rights situation” in Cambodia, according to a Reuters report.

The companies, including Adidas, Puma, Levi Strauss, Timberland, Under Armour, Ralph Lauren, Lululemon, New Balance and others as part of an American Apparel and Footwear Association-led coalition wrote directly to Cambodia’s longtime leader Hun Sen, saying the country’s record on labour and human rights threatens to bring sanctions for its crucial garment industry.

The letter urges the Cambodian government to amend a trade union law, repeal the law on non-governmental organisations and drop all outstanding criminal charges against union leaders.

“The credibility of Cambodia’s apparel, footwear, and travel goods sectors are at stake,” the letter noted, adding that “we are concerned that the labour and human rights situation in Cambodia is risking the loss of trade preferences for Cambodia.”

Compliance with international standards urged

“We urge the government of Cambodia to publicly present a roadmap — together with an inclusive tripartite national mechanism — that sets out and implements specific, concrete and time-bound steps to bring Cambodia in line with international standards on the above issues,” the letter went on.

Many of the companies that signed the most recent letter had been sourcing products from Cambodia since the mid-1990s. Together, their work with Cambodian suppliers contributed to roughly $9.5 billion in apparel and footwear imports to the US last year.

However, the issues were first raised in another letter sent in November 2018 after a delegation of international brands met with Cambodian government officials to discuss the concerns, but no immediate action followed.

Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour told Reuters he had not seen the latest letter but said it “might contain the same out-of-date concerns that we have already addressed according to the Cambodian law and legal process.”



Support ASEAN news

Investvine has been a consistent voice in ASEAN news for more than a decade. From breaking news to exclusive interviews with key ASEAN leaders, we have brought you factual and engaging reports – the stories that matter, free of charge.

Like many news organisations, we are striving to survive in an age of reduced advertising and biased journalism. Our mission is to rise above today’s challenges and chart tomorrow’s world with clear, dependable reporting.

Support us now with a donation of your choosing. Your contribution will help us shine a light on important ASEAN stories, reach more people and lift the manifold voices of this dynamic, influential region.

$
Personal Info

Donation Total: $10.00

 

 

NO COMMENTS

Leave a Reply