Cambodian factory sets good example
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency features Pratex Asia as “a model for women's participation, sustainable enterprise and corporate social responsibility. Pratex Asia shows the Cambodian textile industry how things should be done. Dutch entrepreneur Piet Holten built this factory in Cambodia with support from the Private Sector Investment (PSI) programme, following a successful application developed with assistance from Advance Consulting.
The Pratex Asia factory manufactures products including high-quality eyeglass cleaning cloths for international brands such as Oakley and Ray-Ban. The factory is in the Siem Reap region, a rural area without much industry. The arrival of the factory generated 160 jobs, 114 of which were given to women. They can count on maternity leave, child care in the factory and infant nursing rooms. Pratex Asia provides employees with good and safe working conditions. They receive a living wage, free meals, a thirteenth month and a bonus if they perform well. Furthermore, there is enough daylight on the work floor, and the building is wheelchair accessible. The factory meets the strict quality requirements for SA 8000, ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001. To satisfy these requirements, the factory has installed solar panels on the roof, it uses as little energy as possible, and it collects rainwater for the toilets, to name a few examples. The company has introduced innovative textile printing methods in Cambodia, such as automated screen printing and embossing. Pratex Asia trains employees to master these techniques. They also receive instructions on quality control, compliance and occupational health and safety.
For more information about this project refer to the website of RVO or contact Peter Bleeker.