Private and Social Partners
Buyers play a pivotal role in whether garments are ethically produced. These companies help provide the means for us to do our work, the extra oversight in tracking workplace conditions, and the influence to hold factories accountable for continuous improvement.
Each year, we convene a Buyer’s Forum that brings together government, employers unions and buyers to engage on current initiatives, tools, and future plans for program expansion. The forums are especially critical and relevant in today’s economic environment to ensure support from all stakeholders as Cambodia navigates increasing competitiveness in the global garment market.
Traditionally limited to representatives from government, employers, unions and buyers, the forum welcomed participation from workers for the first time in October 2012 in an effort to address the emerging issue of factory faintings. Three workers as part of BFC’s “Experts by Experience” initiative attended BFC’s 2012 forum in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to share their experiences of faintings, and discussed the need for increased and sustained support in preventing them.
“Over the years, Forum meetings keep getting better and better. The engagement with the unions in this Forum was the best yet. The discussion was well structured and productive. BFC has also evolved greatly from just monitoring, to adding advisory services, capacity building and all the mechanisms required for these.” – Ms. Naurin Muzaffar, former Senior Manager, Global Partnership for Gap Inc.