Cambodia urges Adidas, H&M to back garment sector

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Cambodia’s minister of commerce Pan Sorasak recently called on Adidas and H&M to continue ordering garment product from his 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.

“We would like to ask the companies to join the government to support the Kingdom’s garment sector after the end of COVID-19,” the minister said.

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 $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.