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Public reporting continues to improve Cambodia factories 23 Feb 2018

Publicly reporting critical issues in Cambodia’s garment factories is continuing to drive positive change, according to the latest report on working conditions in the country’s clothing sector, with almost half of factories now in compliance with all critical issues.

Cambodia clothing sector faces up to skills gap 17 May 2017

Cambodia's apparel industry – of critical importance to its national economy – is struggling to retain experienced workers, which means the sector is facing a chronic skills shortage.

Cambodia garment sector faces ongoing challenges 12 Sep 2016

At first glance, Cambodia's garment sector is doing fine. ANZ Bank recently predicted 7.2% GDP growth in 2016, mainly fuelled by rising clothing exports. And just-released data from the International Labour Organization (ILO) points to a 14.7% jump in the country's clothing shipments to US$1.605bn during the first quarter of this year. But dig deeper, and it seems the overall situation of the Cambodian garment industry is less optimistic.

Cambodia worker wages threatened by low garment prices 7 Sep 2016

As annual discussions get underway in Cambodia on a new minimum wage for garment workers, a new report warns significant further wage increases will be hard to achieve unless higher prices are paid by retailers and brands.

Cambodia compliance improves but challenges remain 6 Jul 2016

Transparent reporting of garment factory compliance in Cambodia is contributing to better conditions for workers, a new study has found – although the top compliance issues remain ongoing.

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China's Shenzhou starts work on $150m Cambodia garment factory 14 Mar 2019

Chinese garment manufacturer Shenzhou International Group Holdings has commenced work on a US$150m production facility in Cambodia.

EU begins process to suspend Cambodia trade benefits 12 Feb 2019

The European Union has confirmed it is to start the process that could temporarily suspend Cambodia's duty-free trade benefits – prompting the group that represents garment manufacturers in Cambodia (GMAC) to say such a move would jeopardise the country's efforts to build a responsible apparel supply chain.

EU steps closer to pulling Cambodian trade benefit 23 Jan 2019

The European Commission is reportedly seeking permission from EU national governments for the go-ahead to suspend Cambodia's access to the Everything But Arms free trade preference scheme by 29 January.

Cambodia garment industry welcomes policy to cut reliance on EU, US trade 17 Jan 2019

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has welcomed the introduction of a new policy to safeguard the country's traders should the EU and US follow through with threats to pull the country's access to preferential trade terms. 

Cambodia garment labour standards continue to improve 5 Dec 2018

Cambodia's garment and footwear industry has seen an improvement in labour standards, according to the latest assessment from the International Labor Organization (ILO), with violations falling and compliance on the rise.

Cambodia garment sector boosts economic growth 29 Nov 2018

Cambodia’s economy is expected to continue to grow over the next few years, new figures show, boosted by garment and footwear exports, and despite trade-related external risks.

Cambodia must act on worker rights or risk apparel orders 31 Oct 2018

Apparel majors and industry bodies are calling on the Cambodian government to start protecting "fundamental human rights" or risk its current and future business with global brands.

Losing EU trade benefit would hurt Cambodia clothing exports 30 Oct 2018

The potential loss of preferential trade access to the European Union (EU) is credit negative for Cambodia, would weaken its economic growth and undermine the price competitiveness of Cambodia's garments exports, a global ratings agency has warned.

Cambodia garment sector calls for EU trade sanction re-think 23 Oct 2018

Cambodia’s garment manufacturers have called on the European Union (EU) to not withdraw its trade preferences, saying it would have a negative impact on the industry and the workers and families it supports.

Cambodia defiant amid looming loss of EU trade benefits 9 Oct 2018

Cambodia's Prime Minister, Hun Sen, has taken a defensive stance after the European Commission launched a procedure to withdraw the country's preferential access to duty-free trade benefits over human and labour rights violations.