A photo essay produced by Labour Behind the Label documents the everyday struggles of workers making adidas products at the Shen Zhou factory in Phnom Penh.
The price of rice in Cambodia has doubled over the past five years but workers’ wages have not kept up with rising costs of living. Job security is poor—24-year-old Prem Sreyroth (pictured above) is hired on 6-month contracts, despite having worked at Shen Zhou factory since 2005.
Adidas, the major buyer at Shen Zhou, can afford to do better. The company recently posted a 3rd term operating profit of approximately AUD $1.3 billion, a 12 percent increase from 2010.