Target has reduced its orders from Cambodia

Target has reduced its orders from Cambodia

US retailer Target Corp is another apparel manufacturer to have reportedly reduced its sourcing from Cambodian garment factories in response to industry turmoil in the country.

Cambodia's Minister of Commerce, Sun Chanthol, revealed the move by Target during a recent trade mission to the US.

According to The Phnom Penh Post, the minister said Target had joined clothing brand Levi Strauss in reducing orders following a deadly strike by apparel workers in early January.

"Levi Strauss reduced their orders from Cambodia. Target also reduced their orders from Cambodia, because they are afraid of the labour unrest and so on," said Chanthol.

Levis Strauss last month confirmed it had reduced its sourcing from the country in order to "minimise supply-chain risk and ensure delivery".

During January's strike by garment workers calling for an increase in the minimum wage to US$160 per month, five people were killed when security forces opened fire on protesters with live ammunition.

Chanthol says the government is working with the International Labour Organization and the World Bank to calculate the appropriate minimum wage for the sector, in an attempt to help defuse the turmoil in the industry, the Phnom Penh Post reported.