About the ILO in Cambodia

Cambodia became a member of the ILO in 1969. Since the early 1990s, the ILO has been an active partner in Cambodia’s economic, social and democratic recovery, playing an important role in helping to restore livelihoods, generate sustainable employment, rebuild infrastructure and set-up and strengthen democratic institutions.

Although the rate of poverty continues to decline in Cambodia, rural poverty remains obstinately high at 40 per cent. Eighty-five per cent of the population is in the informal economy, mostly in agriculture, forestry, and fishing and in small and micro-enterprises. The formal sectors of garments and tourism are the main engines of growth, with garment manufacturing accounting for 80 per cent of Cambodia’s exports and employing more than 600,000 workers, mostly women. Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) , which works with the garment industry, is a unique programme managed by the ILO and supported by the government, trade unions and the industry employers’ association.

The ILO’s Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) provides the basis for the ILO’s contribution to the Government’s Rectangular Strategy for Growth, Employment, Equity and Efficiency and the National Strategic Development Framework. The DWCP addresses a wide range of issues, including skills and human resources development, youth and women’s employment, the informal economy, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), social protection, labour market governance, and industrial relations and social dialogue.

To strengthen the links between its standard-setting role and services and programmes for Cambodia’s people, the ILO runs a number of projects, funded by donors worldwide and in partnership with local actors.

The ILO office in Cambodia provides information, publications tools research, statistics, training manuals, technical guides and other forms of expertise on work-related issues.

Contact us

ILO Joint Projects Office
Phnom Penh Center
Building F, 2nd Floor, Conor Sihanouk and Sothearos Boulevard
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel: +855 23 220 817
Fax: +855 23 221 536
Email: phnompenh@ilo.org

Better Factories Cambodia
No 9, Street 322, Boeung Keng Kang I,
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
PO Box 2642
Tel: +855 23 212 847 / 023 220 362
Email: betterfactories@ilo.org