Fair Living Wage

Summit 2018

Introduction

The summit

The fashion industry is one of the main creators of jobs and opportunities for workers in emerging markets. As an industry, we have a responsibility to ensure that these are fair jobs, leading to better lives for the communities involved.

Ensuring that wages are fairly distributed, regularly adjusted and meeting workers’ needs is a challenge in many markets.

That’s why, in Berlin in November 2013, H&M Group set out its ambitious roadmap for achieving fair living wages for workers in its global supply chain.

Along with our partners, it’s now time to share our progress towards the goals we set, to reflect on our approach, and to share the learnings and challenges we have faced over the past five years.

The Fair Living Wage Summit brings together H&M staff at global level and in production markets with H&M stakeholders, including academics, NGOs, suppliers, trade unions, government representatives and investors for a dialogue on achieving fair living wages in global production markets.

The venue

The Summit will be held at Factory Phnom Penh. A former garment factory, the 3.4 hectare FACTORY is located in the south of the city along National Road 2.

Open map

The site has been renovated and transformed into an ambitious co-working space focusing on community, collaboration and creativity, supporting Cambodian entrepreneurs and providing office spaces for creative businesses including photography, film, architecture and much more.

The Factory can be easily reached by tuk tuk or taxi from central Phnom Penh in 20-30 minutes, depending on the time of day.

Living Wage Resources

H&M introduces Fair Living Wage Strategy in Berlin, 2013 ACT H&M Group sustainability report 2017 H&M Group on Fair Living Wages Stern article on Fair Living Wages SHIFT on H&M Group’s Fair Living Wage Strategy

Practical

Questions during the Summit

We really want to create an interactive Summit, and to do so in an easy way we will use the online tool called sli.do, you can find more on the tool here.

Please bring your questions with you and we will address them on screen during the day.

Hotels

There are many good hotels in central Phnom Penh, providing easy access (max 30 minutes) to the venue in the south of the city. Below are some suggested options:

Larger hotels:
Plantation White Mansion Villa Langka

Independent smaller hotels:
Himawari Sofitel

Transport

The most efficient ways to get around Phnom Penh are via tuk-tuk or taxi. Grab now operates well in Phnom Penh for both tuk-tuk or taxi. Alternatively, the hotels can book either option for you.

Currency

The official currency in Cambodia, the Cambodian riel, trades at around 4,000 riel to the US dollar. But there’s a 90 percent level of dollarization in the country. What this means is that you don’t need to be concerned about getting riel when you arrive in Cambodia. In fact, the visa you get on arrival must be paid for in US dollars.

Airport and Visa process

Phnom Penh airport is located 10 km West of the city center. Average journey time from the airport to the center is between 40 minutes to 1 hour depending on the time of day. There are official airport taxis which charge approximately $15 for a one way journey from the airport to central hotels.

Tourist visas are available on arrival at the Phnom Penh international airport, for $30. Business visas are $35. If you wish to get a visa on arrival you should arrive with a passport photograph. You can also get an eVisa online before you travel at a cost of $36 here.

If you have any questions about visas, please contact luisa.book@hm.com

Safety and security

For up to date advice about safety and security in English, please see here.

The biggest risk in Phnom Penh in terms of security is bag and phone snatching. Please carry a backpack if out walking, rather than a cross body or shoulder bag. Also, it is not advisable to use a cell phone in the street or in a tuk-tuk.

Health

For up to date information on vaccines and medical advice relating ot travel, please see the Masta site.