Commuter workers from several garment and footwear factories across Cambodia are benefitting from transportation initiatives that make their journeys safer.

The AIP Foundation has reported on the Commuting Safety for Cambodian Workers (CSCW) program, in partnership with the Prevention and Participation (P&P) program, which concluded field visits last year to highlight the safety measures, policies, and practices that selected factories have made that are improving worker safety.

Visits took place across Kandal, Kampong Cham, Kampong Chhnang, and Svay Rieng provinces and  brought together workers, unions, employers and government officials to showcase the safety measures and demonstrate how other enterprises could replicate the success.

The AIP Foundation said successful road safety policy implementation at factories has led to increased knowledge among workers and drivers, an increased helmet-wearing rate, and the transition from commuters standing in flat-bed trucks to safer vehicles, such as buses and vans.

AIP Foundation, which hosted the field visits and implements the program, is forming a working group of government and non-government members to address barriers, increase dialogue, promote the transition to commuting safety, and ensure sustainability of the effort.