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Cambodia: Walmart & supplier factories deny labour abuses

"Walmart’s black mark", 16 June 2015

Cambodian workers producing garments for global retail giant Walmart say they are subjected to a slew of workplace abuses ranging from forced labour to sexual harassment. Employees at numerous Walmart supplier factories across the country have made the allegations, which were compiled in a recent study exposing the brand’s “heinous abuses” in three of the major countries in its Asian supply chain – Cambodia, India and Indonesia...Factories contacted for this story denied the allegations, insisting that they complied with Cambodia’s Labour Law. “We always respect the law and avoid anything that would affect workers rights,” said Chan Davuth, administrative manager at the Cambo Handsome factory, adding “we often analyse the problems of the workers”. Walmart, meanwhile, declined to respond to specific questions about the report but said it was committed to its Cambodian workers. “Walmart is part of the International Labour Organization Better Factories Cambodia program, which covers all apparel and footwear factories in Cambodia,” the brand said. “In addition, we actively engage with other brands, NGOs and the Cambodian government to support better transparency and dialogue among stakeholders.”