Since Cambodia is an existing, and important market for C&A products, fair and safe working conditions continue to be a key priority for C&A in this country. Acknowledging the importance of establishing a proper wage determining mechanism in Cambodia, C&A is already working in partnership with a number of other brands, as well as being fully engaged with IndustriALL global union as to how we can work collaboratively to ensure that fair living wages are paid to all garment workers in that country. Furthermore, we expect that authorities in Cambodia will allow the process of collective bargaining to work effectively in setting future wage levels. Additionally, C&A continues to work closely with the ILO to enable the monitoring of factory conditions and ensure that progress is made by all parties.
What has been achieved so far?
- We have recently signed up to the Better Work Cambodia program – a partnership with the ILO and local partners helping to improve the performance of the Cambodian industry.
- In November 2013, C&A, in partnership with other brands, developed a “Set of Enabling Principles” reinforcing our commitment to work with our local business partners in developing countries in order to respect, promote and co-create conditions that will allow the provision of best possible wages, benefits and conditions of work.
- In 2011, C&A participated in the Sustainable Supplier Program (SSP) piloted by the C&A Foundation and in partnership with TBM Consulting Group and GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit). The SSP is an innovative, multi-year program in Indonesia, Cambodia, India, China and Bangladesh that included 18 factories and 22,599 workers in the first two years of the program. The SSP aims to increase productivity, improve wages and contribute to better social conditions. The program included a variety of training modules focused on empowering workers and reducing stressful working conditions. Overall, the results of the SSP pilot were positive and total take-home wages (excluding overtime) increased by 15 percent and worker turnover reduced by 24 percent. The program is currently being further developed; the second phase – focused on creating a more cost-effective and scalable model – is currently underway in China.
- C&A has taken an active role in a tri-partite Ethical Trade Initiative forum, which was held in London in January 2014 and also focused on the issue of living wages and working conditions. Beyond this, C&A is a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative and has signed the ETI Base Code which includes strong guidelines on living wages.
We care and are continuously working to provide fair and safer working environments and appropriate conditions in our production countries. As part of our commitment to fair working conditions, we are in close contact with other textile companies, suppliers and other important stakeholders on the important subject of living wages. We are convinced that through the joint effort of textile companies, suppliers, political authorities and NGOs, comprehensive improvements in the apparel industry can succeed.
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