Press Release: Brands meet with Cambodian govt. to express concerns about worker rights

Author: Fair Labor Association, Published on: 30 October 2018

"Leading Apparel and Footwear Brands Meet with Cambodian Government to Express Concerns About Worker Rights", 23 October 2018

Representatives from major apparel and footwear brands, led by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the Fair Labor Association (FLA), met … with senior Cambodian government officials to discuss the current state of worker rights, and opportunities for enhanced collaboration in upholding worker rights ... 

The representatives called on the government to drop criminal charges in the cases of several labor leaders, … amendments of the 2016 Law on Trade Unions (TUL) and … the important role that the Arbitration Council has played in resolving labor disputes ... 

…, the delegation included Michael Posner, chair of the FLA board; Steve Lamar, executive vice president of AAFA; and representatives from adidas, New Balance, Nike, Puma, Under Armour, and VF Corporation. The representatives met with H.E ITH Samheng, the Cambodian Minister of Labor and Vocational Training; H.E PAN Sorasak, the Minister of Commerce; and H.E PHAN Phalla, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Economy & Finance. 

…. “Cambodia has been a good partner to our brands through the years, and we have seen dynamic growth in the domestic apparel, footwear, and travel goods industry in this country,” said Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association…

Michael Posner,…, noted the direct link between the labor and human rights environment and the ability of businesses to work effectively in Cambodia...” 


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