Cambodia seeks Adidas, H&M’s support for garment industry

Cambodia’s Minister of Commerce, Pan Sorasak recently urged Adidas and H&M to continue ordering garment products from the country. The call was made during a recent meeting between the minister and representatives from Adidas led by Matthew Armstrong and Christer Horn af Aminne, H&M’s production manager in charge of Cambodia and Vietnam.

During a press conference at the office of the council of ministers, municipal labour department director Choun Vuthy said out of the 706 garment factories in Phnom Penh, 121 have temporarily halted operations due to raw materials crunch and production setbacks experienced amid the COVID-19 crisis, according to Cambodian media reports.

The suspended factories left lakhs of workers unemployed and affected millions of families. The government has provided USD 40 in wage support for unemployed workers.

Meanwhile, Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) has launched a hotline to provide information to workers in the garment, footwear, travel goods and bag industries regarding measures that help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The hotline, part of the ‘COVID-19: Worker Safety’ programme, uses interactive voice response (IVR) technology.

The contents of the service are derived from guidelines and recommendations from the World Health Organisation and the ministry of health and will be regularly updated in line with the latest official advice.