A new report has found that global sportswear brands are failing Cambodian garment workers, who are living in poverty despite working long hours.
The report, titled "Stitched under Strain: Long term wage loss across the Cambodian garment industry," was released by global women's rights organization ActionAid and Cambodian labor rights organization the Center for Alliance of Labor and Human Rights (CENTRAL).
The report found that workers, including at factories that produce for major brands Nike and Adidas, have experienced systemic wage loss alongside a massive reduction in working hours since the pandemic.
As a result, workers are unable to meet their basic needs, with 85 percent of surveyed workers reporting that their salary is insufficient to support them until the end of the month, and almost 50% of surveyed workers are going to work without eating enough.
The report calls on international brands to ensure Cambodian garment workers in their supply chain are earning a fair wage that keeps them out of poverty.
"No one making clothes for the world's most popular brands should be living in working poverty," said Khun Tharo, Program Manager at CENTRAL.