Blog: Michelle RussellCompliance remains a concern in Cambodian garment sector

Michelle Russell | 8 July 2014

Cambodia's Labor Advisory Committee (LAC), a government-led tripartite group, last week agreed the next minimum wage adjustment for garment workers, which will take effect on 1 January 2015. The schedule of the increment has only been agreed on so far, however, and not the amount of the increase.

But while there has been a slight improvement in the proper payment of wages and benefits within Cambodia's garment and footwear industry, non-compliance in areas related to worker health and safety and fainting remains "significant", a new study has found. The International Labour Organization's report captures a year of ups and downs for the industry: huge growth, punctuated by mass strikes over the minimum wage, and few notable improvements in working conditions.

Comments made by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association's president, Atiqul Islam, that individuals and labour rights activists who directly contact the US government or Congress should be prosecuted for sedition, garnered more responses last week. The controversial remarks were described as "inflammatory and unacceptable" by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, while the Accord for Fire and Building Safety also expressed concerns over the comments.

Faced with the growing risks of producing in Cambodia and Bangladesh, as well as the rising cost of countries like China and Indonesia, it is unsurprising that apparel giant Gap Inc should begin sourcing from Myanmar. just-style took a look at some of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Gap and other companies looking to source from this country.

The last few years have seen tremendous changes in the technological landscape of 'product lifecycle management' (PLM) and 'enterprise resource planning' (ERP) systems. This month's Management Briefing takes a look at the trends and the future of supply chain software.

Click here to view just-style's management briefing.

A new report from just-style evaluates the global denim and jeanswear market. In this latest edition, authors have combined fashionability with price, in the form of a price-fashion matrix which they believe is central to understanding why and how consumers buy their jeans.

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