10 October 2022, PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – The Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia, represented by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MLVT) and the Ministry of Commerce (MOC), Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to extend the Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) programme for another five years from January 2023 to December 2027. Linking international trade with working conditions through the implementation of the BFC since 2001, the garment industry has become one of the major contributors to the economic growth of the country. Today, BFC works with more than 600 exporting garment, and travel goods and bag factories employing over 650,000 workers in Cambodia.
Under this renewed MOU, the parties have extended their partnership and are committed to improving and maintaining good working conditions, and increasing competitiveness and productivity in the garment, and travel goods and bag sector in Cambodia.
Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) is part of the Better Work Program, a collaboration between the International Labour Organization and the International Finance Corporation, which is operating across thirteen countries to catalyse change along global supply chains in the garment industry, the work of BFC has helped to spur improvements in factory working conditions and workplace environment across the industry since 2001.