Primark does not own any factories. In fact, 98% of the factories making products for Primark also manufacture for other brands. We are very selective about who we work with. To make it onto Primark’s approved factory list, each factory is vetted to internationally-recognised standards set out in the Primark Code of Conduct and must commit to meeting the Code as a condition of doing business with us. It is available in 40 languages across our supply chain.Once approved, it’s the job of our Ethical Trade and Environmental Sustainability Team, a group of more than 100 experts based in key sourcing countries, to monitor compliance with our Code of Conduct. They audit every factory at least once a year, sometimes more, to check whether international standards are being met. Read the Code of Conduct in full here, or download a pdf in other languages.
The offering, paying, soliciting or accepting of bribes or kick-backs, including facilitation payments, is strictly prohibited. A bribe may involve giving or offering ANY form of gift, consideration, reward or advantage to someone in business or government in order to obtain or retain a commercial advantage or to induce or reward the recipient for acting improperly or where it would be improper for the recipient to accept the benefit. Bribery can also take place where the offer or giving of a bribe is made by or through a third party, e.g. an agent, representative or intermediary.
Some examples of bribes are as follows. This is not an exhaustive list:
gifts, or travel expenses
the uncompensated use of company services, facilities or property
loans, loan guarantees or other credit
the provision of a benefit, such as an education scholarship or healthcare, to a member of the family of a potential customer/public or government official
providing a sub-contract to a person connected to someone involved in awarding the main contractengaging a local company owned by a member of the family of a potential customer/public or government official