Source : Fashion United – Representatives of leading apparel & 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 in Combodia.
The companies, who claim to contribute 9.5 billion US dollars to Cambodia’s exports through their work with the country’s suppliers, said in an open letter that they are “concerned that the labor and human rights situation in Cambodia is posing a risk to trade preferences for Cambodia.”
The companies said that when the Multifiber Arrangement (MFA) was being phased out, they were concerned that Cambodia’s garment sector would not survive, but kept buying from the country largely based on its government’s “strong commitment to higher labor standards that were embodied in [its] implementation of the ILO Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) program.”
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Below is the full list of companies who signed the letter:
– Callaway Golf
– Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd.
– Esprit Holdings Limited
– Fruit of the Loom
– Gap Inc.
– HEMA B.V.
– KiK Textilien & Non‐Food GmbH
– Levi Strauss & Co.
– Mountain Equipment Coop
– New Balance
– Odlo International
– Under Armour
– VF Corporation
– W. L. Gore & Associates GmbH