The International Labour Organization's (ILO) Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) initiative has launched its online transparency database showing how individual garment factories measure up on key working conditions.

The ILO revealed that one third of the 51 factories included on the database made improvements on 21 basic legal requirements in anticipation of their inclusion in this initial report. The total number of violations fell from 59 to 34 between December last year and February - a 42% improvement.

A smaller group of 15 factories on the database (29%) were already in compliance on all 21 of the basic legal requirements included in the 'critical issues' category. Another 15 made "verifiable improvements" during the period in order to move into this group, for a total of 30 factories (59%) with no violations of the 'critical issues'.

"We are happy to see that improvements are being made and that the transparency database is now launched," said Anna Gedda, social sustainability manager at H&M.

"This shows that the government and the industry of Cambodia recognise the increasing importance of transparency and how this can accelerate improvements across the whole garment sector in Cambodia."

Click here to view the initial transparency report.

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