Cambodia. Location within country: 7 factories located in Phnom Penh and Kampong Speu province
PE&D is implementing the Enterprise-Based Social Services (EBSS) Project, which aims at experimenting new social services inside garment factories to improve working conditions of their workers. These pilot services are seen as experimentations, which purpose is to draft lessons for PE&D, the factory managers and stakeholders (Unions, international textile buyers, social auditors, other NGOs), as well as the public authorities in their reflections to improve the Cambodian labor law. The EBSS project is a 3 years project: it started in May 2017 and will end in April 2020. It focuses only on garment factories and garment workers.
The project is divided into two components: 1) an Occupational Healthcare program, including a strong focus on Reproductive and Maternal Health, within six garment factories in Kampong Speu Province; 2) a Childcare program, to support garment factories to set-up on-site childcare centers for the children of their workers. Both components are designed to provide financial and technical supports to allow the garment factories to hold and run their own facilities and services. The project is implemented in close partnership with the Cambodian national and local authorities, such as the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (MoLVT), the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS), the Ministry of Health (MoH), and the Department of Labor of Kampong Speu Province.
Angkor Research conducted all aspects of the EBSS Impact Evaluation. These included: a situational analysis survey of 400 female GFWs in 6 factories, to understand their health seeking knowledge and behaviour, and to assess their level of satisfaction towards the healthcare or daycare component activities; a qualitative evaluation study of relevant stakeholders such as infirmary and daycare staff, HR staff, peer-educators, PHD/OD staff, labour inspectors, buyers/brands, union representatives, etc.