Go All in for a Living Wage!
25-year-old Sorn Reab spends six days a week waking up at 4:30 a.m. in order to travel to Phnom Penh to begin work at 7 a.m. in a garment factory, which supplies apparel to Adidas. Despite working 11 hours a day, Sorn cannot afford to live in Phnom Penh. Tired and weak from malnutrition, Sorn faces the real possibility that today may be the day she faints and ends up in the hospital. With the threat that her short-term employment contract may not be renewed in six months, the pressure to produce as many Adidas garments as possible is constant.
Sorn Reab’s life in Cambodia is not an exception, but the norm for the estimated 500,000 garment workers – over 90 percent of whom are women under the age of 35. In fact, a majority of the world’s garment workers are young women struggling to survive on their poverty wages. At its core, the garment industry continues to perpetuate a system of extreme inequality, providing inordinate wealth for the privileged few, while condemning the vast majority of workers in the supply chain to unconscionable poverty. It would take Sorn Reab in Cambodia over 7,000 years to earn Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer’s annual salary.
Tell Adidas to go all in for a living wage for Cambodian garment factory workers. Sign the petition.