The Ministry of Commerce has sent a letter to apparel, footwear and travel goods buyers, asking them to honour their contracts and not cancel orders for goods that have already been produced or are currently in production.
The letter, dated April 13, number 1452, signed by Pan Sorasak the Minister of Commerce, said that Cambodia was the first country in the world that links trade with labour standards.
It stated that since 2001, Cambodia has partnered with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to launch Better Factories Cambodia which requires all exporting garment factories in Cambodia to be subject to monitoring by the ILO to ensure compliance to national laws and international labour standards. “We are proud of this initiative and will continue to ensure that the labour and social rights of our workers are upheld while we build a sustainable supply chain,” Pan said in the letter. “I would like to appeal to our purchasing partners in the garment, footwear and travel goods sector to stay committed to Cambodia and especially to our workers. We would like you to abide with your contract and not to cancel orders that have been placed and goods have already been produced or are currently in production.
“You have contributed to the social development of millions of Cambodians who are depending on these sectors for their livelihoods.
“On behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia and the workers in these sectors, I thank you for the support and confidence you have shown and given to us over the past two decades. I sincerely look forward to many more years of cooperation with you all,”