This episode is based on a conversation Jessie had with Mr. Lin, a Chinese subcontractor in Phnom Penh. He doesn’t speak English – so bringing him on the show directly would have been impossible.
We start the episode with some general context: What is subcontracting? Why does it exist? Next, we get into Mr. Lin’s story. How did he end up in Cambodia doing subcontracting? What kind of products does he make? How has Covid-19 impacted his business? And how does he see the future? We conclude by sharing our own thoughts about how the sustainability agenda might more effectively protect the rights of workers in subcontracted factories.
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