International fashion brands join LABS initiative in Cambodia

Life and Building Safety (LABS) initiative, a sustainable trade programme, was recently launched by IDH to promote safer working conditions for factory workers in the apparel, footwear, and accessories industry by assessing factories and providing a framework for their monitoring, mitigating, and remediating.

The Initiative will operate in all major hubs of Cambodia including Phnom Penh, Kandal, Kampong Cham, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Speu, and Takeo and is expected to benefit approximately 206,000 workers in 2022.

LABS has been operational in India and Vietnam since 2019, where over 572,000 workers have benefitted from the programme. Expanding into Cambodia aligns with the programme’s ambition to mitigate preventable fire, electrical, and structural building safety risks in key production countries in the sector.

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