Esther  Germans

Esther Germans

Program Manager, ILO’s Better Factories Cambodia Programme

Ms Germans, Program Manager of the International Labour Organization’s Better Factories Cambodia Programme, has shown road safety leadership by facilitating the establishment of a concerned group of garment and footwear industry sector stakeholders (brands, buyer and factory representatives) and development partners known as the Transportation Working Group (TWG). This group is the first of its kind for the global garment sector industry. Facilitated by Better Factories Cambodia, the TWG has collaborated to improve the perilous journey for Cambodia’s 700,000 workers to and from their homes each day.

Through Ms Germans’ vision, this group has doubled the research in this area and assisted with the formulation and design of Cambodia’s first Garment and Footwear Sector Road Safety Strategy. The strategy sets out a roadmap for actions to save lives under four key focus areas: road safety management and accountability, safer vehicles and modes of transport, safer infrastructure and planning, and safer road users. TWG members co-funded an innovative road safety pilot programme, implemented by AIP Foundation in five Cambodian factories.

The programme supports factories to establish road safety working groups and policies to identify and address transport safety issues affecting their workers, build the capacity of their employers from across the factory to champion road safety issues and deliver factory-wide awareness and education for workers and transportation drivers. Beyond the factories, the TWG supports the development and delivery of a Training of Trainers programme for government stakeholders to reach more factories, workers and drivers nationwide. The TWG will soon launch an online series of real-life case studies to raise awareness of commuting safety issues faced by factory workers and transport drivers and possible solutions.