The Foreign Trade Association (FTA), BSCI's founding organisation, has jointly signed an official letter to Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Keat Chhon of the Royal Government of Cambodia, along with a group of leading global garment brands and trade unions. This follows a meeting with senior representatives from the relevant Cambodian ministries on 19 February 2014 concerning developments in Cambodia's garment sector. The joint letter signed by FTA therefore supports essential social compliance development in Cambodia, and also expresses concern over labour rights violations currently impacting this development. These include the detention of wage protesters following strikes in January, the need for effective industrial relations and for greater action surrounding the minimum wage.
The garment sector in Cambodia was a recent focus of international concern, following a series of violent clashes which erupted on 2 January 2014 during a strike by garment workers over the legal minimum wage (see Letter from FTA to Cambodian Government). Cambodia, while not a major sourcing country for BSCI's participants, includes a number of active producers in that risk country. BSCI's participants actively aim that their supplying factories ensure the right of workers to receive fair wages, enjoy freedom of association and good working conditions.