20. January 2017
On the same day as the changing of guard in The White House, MASCOT had a distinguished visit by the new US Ambassador to Laos, Ms. Rena Bitter.
The ambassador is highly interested in how the investment climate in Laos has evolved so she had many questions about the details behind MASCOT’s successful investment in Laos. In addition, MASCOT Laos Managing Director, Thomas Bo Pedersen, showed a number of ‘Made in Laos’ MASCOT products that demonstrate clearly that with modern equipment and good training, it is possible to produce quality products in Laos that are on par with products produced elsewhere.
Ambassador Bitter came to Laos during autumn 2016 from the post of Consul General in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, giving her a good knowledge of the region. She speaks Spanish, Arabic and Vietnamese and was a Special Assistant to the then Secretary of State, Colin Powell.
About MASCOT Laos
MASCOT Laos opened on 23 December 2013 and has approximately 600 employees that work hard every day to produce workwear for craftsmen and industry all over the world. At MASCOT Laos, there are safe and secure working conditions for all employees and the factory holds the most acknowledged CSR-certification, the SA 8000-certification. All employees have access to the factory’s own medical clinic, get a free lunch and are included in professional training programs.
MASCOT’s factory in Laos is the fourth of MASCOT’s production factories in Asia, all of which hold the SA 8000-certificate. The other three factories are located just outside Hanoi in northern Vietnam.