Labor rights organizations and footwear and apparel industry groups sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Cambodia noting the lack of progress that has been made since the Fair Labor Association, the American Apparel and Footwear Association and representatives from Adidas, H&M, New Balance, Nike, Puma, Under Armour, and VF Corp appealed to the government for improvements in labor rights in October 2018. In February 2019, the European Union is began proceedings to suspend Cambodia’s preferential trade status for the government’s failure to respect human and labor rights.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – October 23, 2018 – Representatives from major apparel and footwear brands, led by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the Fair Labor Association (FLA), met on October 19 with senior Cambodian government officials to discuss the current state of worker rights, and opportunities for enhanced collaboration in upholding worker rights throughout the Cambodian garment, footwear, and travel goods sector.
On October 12, 2011, the Institute for Global Labour & Human Rights released a report alleging a number of noncompliances at the Style Avenue factory in El Salvador, including harassment or abuse and forced overtime. Two collegiate licensees registered with FLA – Outerstuff and College Kids – were sourcing from the factory at the time of this report. Outerstuff and College Kids commissioned FLA-accredited monitoring organization, GMIES, to investigate the allegations.
Issues: During a 2009 independent external monitoring visit, FLA assessors found that factory management did not prevent verbal harassment of workers at a factory producing garments for H&M and Nike. The factory employed 288 workers.
Issues: During a 2008 independent external monitoring visit, FLA monitors discovered that the disciplinary system in a factory producing men's shirts and ladies' wear for Liz Claiborne, Inc. did not give its 3,475 workers the opportunity to reply, challenge or make appeals against termination. Also, there was inadequate aisle space in the fusing area of one of the buildings, which did not allow workers to have free body movement.