Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Adidas responds after recent mass faintings

Adidas responds after recent mass faintings

Workers are treated at Moul Mith Clinic after a mass fainting incident on Wednesday at a factory in Phnom Penh.
Workers are treated at Moul Mith Clinic after a mass fainting incident on Wednesday at a factory in Phnom Penh. Yon Sineat

Adidas responds after recent mass faintings

In the wake of recent mass faintings at a factory in Phnom Penh that supplies to Adidas, the brand said in a statement yesterday that while it was not aware of the recent incidents, in the past this “phenomenon” has been linked to psychological factors and “nutrition issues”.

Andre Mendes, spokesman for Adidas Group, said when mass faintings at Adidas supplier factories in Cambodia had been reported in the past, they had been caused by psychosomatic responses linked to stress, and also to nutritional issues.

“On our part, whenever we had seen such incidences, we deal with it on a scientific basis, seeking first to determine whether there are any occupational or environmental conditions that has caused the workers to faint, or exhibit other medical symptoms,” he wrote in an email.

Nutritional issues have long been a part of conversation surrounding mass faintings, though few factories have taken the step of providing nutritious meals to workers, according to Ath Thorn, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union.

Thorn said he knew of two factories that had been offering a healthy meal per day to workers for almost two years. As a result, those factories have not seen fainting incidents, he said.

“It kind of solved the problem,” he said.

It was unclear whether Adidas has a meal programme for its suppliers, and follow-up questions were unanswered as of press time.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh authorities ban march for Human Rights Day

    Phnom Penh authorities have banned a planned march as local NGOs and workers’ unions gear up to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Monday, with a youth group leader saying they would march nonetheless. The UN

  • Phnom Penh’s Jet’s Container Night Market shuts down

    The famous Jet’s Container Night Market in central Phnom Penh has shut down due to the high cost of the land rental, company representatives claim. Jet’s Container Night Market is the largest such market in Phnom Penh. It operated for just over two

  • Hun Sen rejects ‘rift’ rumours spread by ‘stupid gangsters’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday denied a “rift” among top leaders of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), and rejected claims that Senate president Say Chhum and Interior Minister Sar Kheng were set to be removed from their positions as rumours spread by “gangsters”.

  • EU ambassador to Cambodia: Rights a ‘work in progress’

    The EU ambassador to Cambodia has called human rights “a work in progress” and said the 28-nation bloc has “carefully” noted last week’s statement by the government on taking further steps to strengthen democracy and the political sphere in the Kingdom. The EU marked