Working in bars, women sales promoters in Cambodia are occasionally exposed to harassment from customers, coerced into drinking, and in some cases, subjected to sexual abuse.
To improve sales promoters’ conditions in Cambodia Carlsberg Group and The Danish Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) have joined forces in a unique partnership where they agree to cooperate on:
• Collaboration between management and employees, including the establishment of effective social dialogue between management and trade union representatives;
• Labour, health and safety conditions in general for Beer Promoters in Cambodia;
• The Beer Selling Industry Cambodia (BSIC's) Code of Conduct in relation to the ILO core conventions, OECD guidelines for multinational corporations and the UN Global Compact
• The right to freedom of association and collective bargaining in the sector and country as a whole.
• The negative stigma attached to Beer Promoters
Since 2006 Carlsberg Group and its J/V partner Cambrew have been tackling the issues relating to sales promoters along with industry and NGO partners such as Care International Cambodia and by being one of the founding members of BSIC. This partnership with LO gives Carlsberg Group the opportunity to build further upon its efforts and engage in constructive dialogue together with LO on all levels: business, industry, nationally and internationally.
Commenting on the agreement, Anne-Marie Skov, SVP GroupCommunications and CSR, Carlsberg Group, says:
"We are pleased with the cooperation agreement with LO that will help us in our goal to provide our sales promoters with decent, dignified and safe employment. Through our cooperation with LO, we expect be to able to develop a better culture for social dialogue, well known as part of the Danish labour market model, where trade unions and companies work together with other stakeholders, including government, to solve inherent labour market issues in order to improve beer promoters working conditions in general. Our long term success depends not only on growing, but growing responsibly."
The Confederation of Danish Trade Unions has always worked to strengthen the trade union movement in the developing countries, and contributes bilaterally or in cooperation with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and other stakeholders to ensure that their local cooperation partners can look after their interests at the national and at the international level. The cooperation with Carlsberg opens up for a new type of partnership with a global company at international level.
Confederal Secretary, The Confederation of Danish Trade Unions, Marie-Louise Knuppert comments further:
"The Confederation of Danish Trade Unions has always had a strong focus on social dialogue why we see this agreement with Carlsberg Group as a unique opportunity to achieve great results for the Cambodian beer promoters and to show how dialogue and cooperation between private sector and trade unions is key for a well functioning labour market."
The Confederation of Danish Trade Unions and Carlsberg Group have already started sharing information and establishing working groups as part of this cooperation and expect some concrete results in the future that will improve beer promoters working conditions in Cambodia.
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More than 40,000 people work for the Carlsberg Group, and its products are sold in more than 150 markets. In 2010, the Carlsberg Group sold more than 135 million hectolitres of beer, which is about 40 billion bottles of beer annually.