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ETI urges buyers to push Cambodian factories for living wage

At the end of September, the Cambodian government increased the minimum wage for its textile, garment and footwear workers to $194 a month – a hike of $2 that is effective from January next year, which the ETI says is far below the amount unions had sought.

Latest lockdown adds to Cambodia garment sector woes

Cambodia's latest Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were eased last week – but many of the capital's garment factories are still dealing with impacts after a third wave of the virus surged through dozens of factories.

Cambodia urged to upskill garment sector to Industry 4.0 level

A study from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has suggested Cambodia should consider developing industry transformation maps in key sectors to enable the transition to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) with adequate investment in skills development for new and repositioned jobs.

Better Factories Cambodia showing real results

Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) says its programme is showing real results in the working conditions of garment workers but admits there is more work to be done in relation to gender differences in areas such as wages and harassment.

Covid and EU duty-free loss a double blow for Cambodia

The Covid-19 pandemic could not have come at a worse time for Cambodia's garment sector, since it coincides with the partial withdrawal of the country's duty-free access to the European Union (EU) market.

Cambodia garment recovery key to boosting industrial output

Cambodia's total industrial output is estimated to rise by 5.1% in 2020 if garment and footwear exports continue to recover, new figures from the Asian Development Bank suggest, as it revises its economic projection for the southeast Asian country.

Cambodia garment worker wage bumped up US$2

Cambodian garment workers will see a minimum wage rise of US$2 from January next year.

Cambodia’s garment sector in clean energy project

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) will launch the green-tech clean-energy Switch Garment project this week, aimed at increasing competitiveness and employing sustainable energy practices to curb the industry's environmental impact.

China lags as Asia rivals see US apparel imports rebound in July

Cambodia booked the largest increase in shipments at 37% to 122m SME.

EU withdrawal of Cambodia’s duty benefits takes effect

Despite months of objections by Cambodia's garment and footwear sectors, the European Union's (EU) decision to partially withdraw the country's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme is now in effect.

Outland Denim opening Cambodia factories to other brands

Australian denim brand Outland Denim is to open its Cambodian manufacturing facilities to other brands and establish an in-house standard for sustainability.

Cambodia drafts five-year garment sector roadmap

Cambodia's government has set out plans to launch a five-year development strategy for the country's garment, footwear and travel bag industry to improve its competitiveness.

Cambodia shoe sector in fresh plea to EU as trade loss looms

Cambodia's footwear industry has reiterated calls for the European Commission to postpone the partial withdrawal of the country's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme – claiming the move will encourage buyers to shift sourcing from Cambodia to other countries.

Foreign governments urged to act on Cambodia human rights

Foreign governments are being urged to follow the lead of the European Union (EU) and pressure authorities in Cambodia to take action to address the human rights situation in the country.

Brands re-evaluating Cambodia sourcing strategy

European garment brands including H&M are weighing up what their future sourcing strategies in Cambodia will look like as the country looks set to be partially stripped of its Everything but Arms (EBA) trade benefit in August.

Cambodia factories seek halt in minimum wage talks

Garment factories in Cambodia are seeking a suspension on the upcoming minimum wage negotiations in the country in order to sustain their businesses.

How will EU trade curb affect Cambodia’s apparel industry?

Cambodia's garment industry, already buffeted by the coronavirus pandemic, is set for a further hit after the European Union decided to suspend duty-free access for some products from 12 August over "systematic" human rights violations.

Better Factories Cambodia launches Covid-19 worker helpline

Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) has launched a Covid-19 worker safety hotline aimed at giving workers more information about the disease and how to prevent it.

EU again urged not to end Cambodia trade benefit

Groups representing Cambodia's apparel and footwear manufacturers have issued a fresh appeal to the European Union (EU) to postpone the planned withdrawal of the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade benefits as the country reels under the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cambodia’s economy could contract by nearly 3% in 2020

The Cambodian economy, which is heavily reliant on the garment industry, could contract by nearly 3% this year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new report has found, with the collapse of growth drivers such as manufacturing exports.