The six leading North American trade associations representing apparel and footwear brands and retailers, including the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the Canadian Apparel Federation (CAF), the National Retail Federation (NRF), the Retail Council of Canada (RCC), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), and the U.S. Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), today sent an open letter to government and industry stakeholders in Cambodia urging an immediate end to the violence and protests regarding Cambodia's minimum wage.
"Our industry is committed to ensuring that all the products that they produce, source and sell are manufactured under lawful and humane conditions," the letter said. "As part of this commitment, we are committed to promoting the safety and security of workers in our supply chains."
As part of the call to end the violence and hostility, the associations called on all stakeholders to immediately return to civil and good faith negotiations to permanently resolve the situation. To prevent future unrest, the associations also called on stakeholders to develop a regular and predictable wage review mechanism.
"These actions will not only promote both the short and long-term health and stability of the Cambodian garment and footwear industries, but these actions will also enable the Cambodian garment and footwear industry to maintain the strong relationships it has with our member companies," the letter concluded.
View the full text of the open letter here.