27 Oct '12, 3pm
H&M comes under fire after a Swedish TV show exposed sweatshop-like conditions and "poverty wages"
Still, labor activists insist that with no action plan, benchmarks, or timelines, H&M’s efforts offer little guarantee of any meaningful change. “We support the idea of building a respectful dialogue between the trade unions and the employers in Cambodia,” says Athit Kong, vice president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union . “But H&M must also play its part. It is absolutely necessary that any project includes trade unions at the local and the nation level and really reflects the workers’ voices. This is the only way to achieve visible changes on a grassroots level.”