Better Factories Cambodia aims to improve working conditions in Cambodia’s export garment factories. It combines independent monitoring with finding solutions, through suggestions to management, training, advice and information.
Better Factories Cambodia is a unique programme of the International Labour Organization. It benefits workers, employers and their organizations. It benefits consumers in Western countries and helps reduce poverty in one of the poorest nations of the world.
It does this by monitoring and reporting on working conditions in Cambodian garment factories according to national and international standards, by helping factories to improve working conditions and productivity, and by working with the Government and international buyers to ensure a rigorous and transparent cycle of improvement.
The project grew out of a trade agreement between the United States and Cambodia. Under the agreement the US promised Cambodia better access to US markets in exchange for improved working conditions in the garment sector. The ILO project was established in 2001 to help the sector make and maintain these improvements.
Better Factories Cambodia is managed by the International Labour Organization and supported by the Royal Government of Cambodia, the Garment Manufacturers' Association in Cambodia (GMAC) and unions. Better Factories Cambodia works closely with other stakeholders including international buyers. It is funded by the US Department of Labour, USAID, Agence Francaise de Developpement, the Garment Manufacturers’ Association in Cambodia, the Royal Government of Cambodia and international buyers.
Better Factories Cambodia was formerly known as the ILO Garment Sector Project. The new name better reflects the present aims of the ILO project.
For further information, please contact
Better Factories Cambodia
PO Box 2642
No. 9, St 322
Boeung Keng Kang 1
Chamcamon, Phnom Penh
Tel: (855-23) 212 847 or 220-362 ext 106
Fax: (855-23) 212 903