Being a social business

Being a social business

 

Since 1998, Artisans Angkor has successfully revitalized traditional workmanship while pioneering innovative social policies. Education, self-respect, and well-being are values we are committed to. This positive support creates a working environment where each employee’s venture results in high quality and inspirational products.

 Staff party at pouk silk farm


Offering fair working conditions

 

Artisans Angkor has always strived to pioneer a new social policy in Cambodia, guaranteeing a fair income (higher level of salary than average) as well as social and medical welfare. Also, 5% of our craftsmen are people with disabilities and the company respects gender equal opportunity principles. The company is in full compliance with Cambodian Labor Law.

 

The artisans themselves formed an association which holds a 20-percent share in the company. The turnover of the company is reinvested for social purposes, such as the setting up of new trainings and the opening of new workshops in rural villages in Siem Reap province. A workshop opening means more employment in disadvantaged rural communities and therefore an improvement of social conditions and poverty alleviation.

 

Training as a tool for economic integration

 

For more information about the role of Artisans Angkor in Education, please see the “Historical background” section.

 

Our training is designed to give professional skills to young people with limited education. The aim is to let them master a job after a 6 to 9 month training period. Learning new skills, experiencing field practice, understanding the raw materials and being proud of good quality work are at the heart of our training method. Developing self-awareness and promoting personal development also takes an important part of the process.

training and education

 

Providing healthcare and welfare

 

Health services are available for all employees, they can also consult the permanent doctor working for Artisans Angkor if they require it. Furthermore, since 2009, Artisans Angkor has had annual visits of several doctors from A.I.R. Khmer, a French medical association who also ensure check-ups of the artisans’ health. These general practitioners work alongside a medical team including a dentist, gynecologist, dermatologist, physiotherapist and ophthalmologist. They all complete the employees’ health check on a voluntary basis.

They also make health and hygiene recommendations that are used by human resources department in their regular artisans meetings. These meetings are held every 6 months to raise awareness about the benefits of adopting the right postures and gestures at work. This long-term campaign is intended to give helpful advice for artisans who work on heavy pieces for example.

 

Working with joy

 

Since its creation, Artisans d’Angkor has promoted a fair and sustainable development of Cambodian Arts and Crafts with benefits to rural communities in Siem Reap province. In several workshops, the artisans have access to purpose built social facilities such as canteens, sports fields and child cares.

Furthermore, the company organizes annual events which gather all the craftsmen during the Water Festival, Pchum Ben (Ancestor’s Day) and the Khmer New Year. This is an opportunity for all employees to get to know their colleagues better, to meet each others’ families, to feel that they belong to the same organization. Artisans Angkor tries to nurture a family spirit at the workplace.