A Cambodian factory monitoring and reporting scheme is joining the push for greater transparency across the clothing supply chain by publicising individual factory information collected in its assessment reports.

The International Labour Organization's (ILO) Better Factories Cambodia programme stopped naming manufacturers in its public reports following the lifting of quotas in 2005 - but now says the practice will help "accelerate improvements across the garment sector."

It also says its disclosure initiative makes it the only programme in Southeast Asia to use greater transparency this way.

More than 450 Cambodian garment factories are registered with the BFC programme and, from January 2014, information based on assessment reports about factories' compliance with Cambodian labour law and international labour standards will be disclosed.

BFC will also for the first time divulge details about strikes and labour unions, noting unions' compliance with legal strike requirements.

For all factories that have had two or more assessments, a website will disclose each factory's compliance on 21 critical issues including fire safety, freedom of association, child labour, and accurate payment of regular and overtime wages.

More information will be disclosed for those factories that have been monitored at least three times and have failed to comply with a broader scope of legal requirements included in the assessments.

Public disclosure reports will be published quarterly, and all factories and trade unions included in the reports will have the opportunity to provide information or update their progress directly on the website.

"We believe that our public disclosure programme introduces a new and urgently needed tool for change," explains BFC's chief technical advisor, Jill Tucker.

"We hope that public exposure will prove beneficial to factories that comply with the law, and encourage those in violation of these measures to improve.

"We urge brands, auditing firms, and corporate social responsibility organisations to join us in this step towards greater transparency and increased accountability in the apparel sector."

H&M, one of the largest international companies sourcing from Cambodia, describes the public disclosure of the assessment results is "a positive step in the right direction.

"The industry has now taken the lead towards greater transparency to accelerate improvements across the whole garment sector in Cambodia," says Anna Gedda, social sustainability manager at H&M.