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Better Factories Cambodia

Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) is a partnership between the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. The programme engages with workers, employers, and governments in Cambodia and aims to improve working conditions and respect of labour rights for workers, and boost competitiveness of the garment industry. The programme conducts learning, training, and assessments.

Better Factories Cambodia’s public reporting initiative discloses factory compliance on key legal requirements. Currently, BFC’s Transparency database covers 78.2% of the garment factories in Cambodia that possess licenses to export. Better Work conducts unannounced factory assessments in participating factories once approximately every 12 months. A confidential assessment report is shared with factory management and with brands and retailers that have subscribed to that factory. Factories have the opportunity of uploading unverified responses and additional information to the disclosed findings. In addition, the assessment reports of all factories that have received at least 2 Better Work assessments are available on BFC’s Transparency database.

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# and type of entity557Factories
# of metrics disclosed21 (all factories), 52 (for worst performing factories)
# of data points gathered per entity267
Year of first public disclosure2014
Data collection methodPrimary field research
Data verification methodOn-Site 3rd Party Verification | Crowdsourced: Checked by Better Work
Themes evaluatedAccess denied to Better Work enterprise advisors, Building and fire safety, Child labor, Employment security, Forced labor, Freedom of association / collective bargaining / industrial relations, Gender discrimination, Maternity protection, Non-discrimination/rights protection for: migrant workers, Occupational health and safety, Protection of children and young persons, Sexual harassment, Social security, Wages, Working time
Vehicle for disclosureSearchable database, Excel
Cost to accessFree
Intended users of the DisclosureWorkers in factories, Factories and/or suppliers, Brands and retailers, Unions, Governments, Consumers, Investors, NGOs and civil society, Academia