The Cambodian government, through the Ministries of Commerce and Labour, the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia and the International Labour Organization’s (ILO’s) Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) programme have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to improve working conditions and boost competitiveness in Cambodia’s clothing industry.
The MoU will see the partnership extended for three years, from January 2017 to December 2019, during which the partners have committed to increase collaboration to work together to improve the working conditions and boost the competitiveness of the clothing sector to build the institutional sustainability of the programme.
The Cambodian partners have agreed to contribute approximately 25% to the BFC budget over the next three years, while international garment buyers sourcing from Cambodia who use the BFC programme assessment reports and factories that participate in BFC training courses will contribute to programme operation based on fees for services rendered.
The BFC programme will continue to perform assessments on the working conditions in garment factories based on Cambodian Labour Law and internationally recognised core labour standards, and to report on its findings publicly by detailing compliance and non-compliance of individual factories.
Advisory and training activities on workplace improvement and productivity enhancement will continue to operate regularly on a fee-for-service basis.
BFC will also work with the Ministry of Labour on the implementation of a joint strategy and action plan with the objective to support government’s capacity and ownership to uphold compliance with labour law and support remediation in the garment and/or other sector as appropriate.
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