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Horizon Outdoor

Published: January 29, 2018

As detailed in this new report, the WRC, working in collaboration with VF, successfully reversed an attempt by Horizon Outdoor management to retaliatorily discharge more than 50 of the facility’s employees.

Cambo Yon Xing

Published: January 19, 2017

The WRC has issued a report on the successful remediation of labor rights violations at Cambo Yon Xing Garment Co., Ltd., an apparel factory located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, that closed on February 7, 2016. The resolution of these violations secured the payment, in August 2016, of nearly $91,000 in legally mandated compensation to 75 employees — an average of eight months’ wages per worker.

I-Cheng (Cambodia) Co., Ltd.

Published: February 13, 2015

The WRC’s assessment of I-Cheng found violations in the areas of: (1) wages and hours, including payment of a probationary wage that is below the legal minimum, and unlawful involuntary overtime; (2) gender discrimination, including an explicit policy of hiring men on contracts of shorter duration than those under which the company hires women; (3) freedom of association, including the establishment of and compelling membership in a company-controlled labor union, unlawful unauthorized deductions of union dues from workers’ wages, and the illegal retaliatory termination, in May 2014, of 243 employees who were members of an independent union; (4) statutory paid sick leave, including failure to pay such legally-required benefits to employees; and (5) occupational health and safety, including heat levels so excessive that they regularly cause employees to faint on the job.

Kin Tai Garment

Published: December 31, 2014

The WRC’s assessment of Kin Tai, initiated in March 2013, identified a number of serious labor rights violations in the areas of: (1) employment contracts, including illegal employment of workers on short-term contracts and as casual labor; (2) wages and benefits, including failure to properly provide legally required bonuses and paid leaves; and (3) occupational health and safety, including failing to provide employees with necessary protective equipment.

Crackdown in Cambodia: Workers Seeking Higher Wages Meet Violent Repression

Published: May 17, 2014

On January 2 and 3, 2014, Cambodian security forces engaged in deadly attacks on protesting garment workers in the country’s capital, Phnom Penh. The country’s military police killed at least four people and injured at least 38 by firing assault rifles at workers who were protesting outside garment factories, demanding higher wages. The deadly assault was a response to strikes and demonstrations by tens of thousands of garment factory workers calling for a wage adequate to meet their basic needs.

Canteran Apparel

Published: March 24, 2014

The WRC report “Crackdown in Cambodia,” dated March 24, 2014, detailed deadly attacks by Cambodian security forces on protesting Cambodian garment workers.

Yakjin Garment

Published: March 24, 2014

The WRC report “Crackdown in Cambodia,” dated March 24, 2014, detailed deadly attacks by Cambodian security forces on protesting Cambodian garment workers.

Zongtex Garment Manufacturing

Published: March 13, 2014

Since initiating an investigation in response to worker complaints, the WRC has documented violations at both Zongtex’s main factory in the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and a second Zongtex-owned factory in Pochentong, Cambodia that appears to operate as a “hidden,” unregistered subcontractor to the main facility. Among other violations of university codes of conduct,…

E Garment

Published: April 2, 2013

The WRC found serious and ongoing violations by E Garment’s management of its workers’ associational rights, that the factory, VF and E Garment’s other buyers — despite extensive attempts at engagement by the WRC — have repeatedly failed to remedy.

Monitoring in the Dark: An evaluation of the International Labour Organization’s Better Factories Cambodia monitoring and reporting program

Published: February 14, 2013

For over a decade, the Cambodian apparel manufacturing industry has sought competitive advantage in the international marketplace by seeking to obtain and preserve a reputation for relatively greater respect for labor rights than other garment-exporting countries in the region. An examination of the Cambodian garment industry’s recent track record with respect to labor rights, however, raises serious doubts about whether this reputation is warranted.