Following the Rana Plaza disaster, Primark, announced on 5 June it had begun its own inspections of buildings housing its suppliers in Bangladesh. This programme is in advance of the company’s intention to implement the Accord on Building and Fire Safety.
As part of this programme, Primark has been advised that Liberty Fashion Wear Ltd (sewing unit) is housed in an unsafe building. Primark immediately asked the owners of Liberty Fashion to evacuate the building, and offered support on this basis. To date, Liberty has failed to evacuate the premises and is refusing to do so.
Following further discussions with Liberty, trade unions, the ILO and the BGMEA, Primark was left with no alternative but to terminate its relationship with this supplier with immediate effect. The company bought a relatively small amount of clothing from this supplier, but termination is a step that the company is always reluctant to take, preferring to support suppliers willing to work to make improvements to working conditions.
The company has informed the Ethical Trading Initiative in London of its decision.
The company remains extremely concerned about the safety of workers in this building.