FAIR TRADE SILK MANUFACTURER
"Samatoa" means "fair" in Khmer. Its aim
is to help marginal Cambodian women living a better life
through a long term professional integration: a fair wage,
good working conditions and a constant training on the job.
Samatoa is the first manufacture for silk
garments in Cambodia.
Since its beginning, it has trained two dozen dressmakers
from villages around Siem Reap,
giving them a useful qualification and financial autonomy.
to The International Cooperative Alliance, a cooperative
is “a self-governing association of people gathering
by their own will, in order to satisfy their common, economical,
social and cultural aspirations and needs, by the means
of a company whose property is collective and where power
is democratically practiced”.
• All the employees of this silk manufacture in cambodia
are members and associates. Each employee acquires one part
of the capital in the silk factory in cambodia. One employee
cannot hold more than 50 % (fifty per cent) of the capital.
• The sewing silk manufacture in cambodia is managed
by a director elected by the members of the silk maufacture
• Accordingly to the definition of cooperatives and
social-oriented companies, SAMATOA must respect following
Joining based upon free will
• Democratic manufacture
management process (one person = one voote)
• No individual profit
• The constitution
of a collective capital (indivisible reserves)
• Usefulness and quality
of products and services (accessibility in price
; respect of health and environment...)
• Fulfilment of the individual
• The responsibilities shared by the members of the
silk factory are
responsibilities in this small silk factory in cambodia
will be attributed by means of vote by relative majority
during collective meetings and shall be reviewed upon request
of the employees. Every employee shall be autonomous in
the accomplishment and responsibility of these tasks.
During these weekly collective meetings, the employees are
invited to express themselves about topics related to the
functioning of the manufacture and working conditions.
• All decisions concerning a modification of the intern
regulation or the daily functioning of the silk factory
are taken collectively, by means of a vote by relative majority.
• 50% of profits will be set up as indivisible reserves,
intended to set up an investment fund for the silk manufacture
in asia(purchasing; training, sewing silk manufacture) and
allow the investments necessary to the undertaken social,
economical and environmental approach.
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