We regularly receive questions from students and teachers who want to know more about ethics and sustainability. We believe it is important for young people to ask these questions so that they can develop a greater understanding of these complex issues.
We have produced case studies to help students understand the issues and challenges related to ethical trading and sustainability. These are particularly relevant for business studies.
In addition, students can download a case study about the Panorama programme: Primark on the Rack, aired on the BBC in 2008, which alleged the use of child labour in Primark's supply chain in India. The case study looks at what Primark had to do to clear its name and prove these allegations were false.
In 2008, Primark was featured on the BBC TV Panorama programme: ‘Primark on the Rack’. The programme claimed to show three young boys being used to manufacture clothes sold by Primark.
Primark did not believe the footage was genuine, and complained to the BBC.
In 2011, after three years, a lengthy investigation by Primark and a full review by the BBC, the BBC confirmed the footage had been faked, and should not have been shown on TV.
This factsheet explains what Primark had to do to clear its name. A video is also available to accompany the factsheet here.
An Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) is used by factories to treat their wastewater and remove any chemicals or dyes that have been used in the manufacturing process.
Whilst there are many different types of ETPs, this PDF outlines a typical ETP system.