Sihanouk Vile, October 3 – 4, 2015: A group of 42 participants (seven were females), as members from Land and Housing Rights Network (LAHRIN) and Network for Development Food security and safety in Cambodia (NDF-C) and NGOs partners and private sectors, joined together the two-day trip for an exposure visit to Khmer Organic Cooperative and Mong Reththy Group, situated in Sre Ambel, Keo Posh district, Preah Sihanouk province. This exposure visit, facilitated by NGO Forum on Cambodia (NGOF), was organized with four main objectives included to learn the best practices of implementing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to respect human rights, to gain knowledge and new experience in CSR’s concepts in non-private actors, to reflect the key features of CSR Guidance Principles with actual implementation and lastly to strengthen the cooperation and relationship between private sectors and civil society organizations (CSOs).
“This is the first time for CSO to pay a visit and experience the work of the private sectors. It is a great lesson learned that our participants have the opportunity to witness many best practices from these couple days trip,” Dr. Tek Vannara, NGOF’s ED mentioned. “Taking this opportunity, we have suggested MRG and Khmer Organic Cooperative for another field visit to their companies to learn and understand even better about their CSR, as well as to provide opportunity to other CSOs, who missed to join this trip,” he added.
Mr. Toth Kim Sroy, a provincial coordinator from Khmer Kampuchea Krom Cultural Center in Cambodia (KKKHRDA), as one of the CSO visitors of this trip said that hehas seen many best practices of CSR to respect human rights from two companies such as building schools for children, building houses for workers, teachers’ financial support, health center for workers and the public (own hospitals, ambulance and doctors), the availability of infrastructure, clean water and electricity, policy for patients and the death and pension for workers. “This is the best examples of the existing private sectors’ work in Cambodia, and I believe that all the workers will receive the fair treatment with the good conditions, which are operation in Cambodia, and adapt these systems into their companies.” he said.