The Cambodian textile factory that craves ‘normal’

Siem Reap – Boring is best when it comes to business – or so says Piet Holten, a Dutch entrepreneur who credits “normal” working conditions for helping to grow his textile factory in Cambodia.

The Southeast Asian nation is a hub for textile factories supplying global brands, but the sector is plagued by problems of exploitation and abuse.

Holten said his staff get benefits such as childcare and work in environmentally-friendly buildings – utterly normal in many countries; equally rare in Cambodia.

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