Primark has today released new numbers revealing the impact of its Sustainable Cotton Programme on women smallholders in India. The data shows that female farmers saw an average profit increase of 247% in the third year of the programme. Many used this additional income to invest in farm and home improvements, healthcare and education for their children.
Set up in 2013, the Primark Sustainable Cotton Programme is a partnership between Primark, agricultural experts CottonConnect, and the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA). The programme trains women smallholders in sustainable farming methods, so they can improve their livelihoods through increased income. In total, 1,251 farmers participated in the first three years of the programme and in 2016 Primark announced that the programme would be extended to reach a further 10,000 farmers over a six-year period.
Primark is committed to reducing the impact that it has on the environment, and as part of that commitment Primark has signed up to the UK’s Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) and the European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP).
Primark is looking forward to working with SCAP and ECAP to achieve its environmental sustainability goals, including the use of more sustainable fibres and developing its recycling programmes.
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply Management Awards have named Primark’s Sustainable Cotton Programme as the Winner in its ‘Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility’ category, at an awards ceremony in London on 15th September. Primark beat five other shortlisted entries to the top spot.
The judges said, “This was an extremely well-thought out and executed entry. It takes its organisation onto a new level and will enhance its reputation significantly.”
Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards has nominated Primark’s Sustainable Cotton Programme as a Finalist in The Unilever Global Development Award category. This category recognises businesses that can demonstrate a positive impact against one or more of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Primark’s programme contributes towards four of the UNMDG’s seventeen goals, ‘Good Health and Wellbeing’, ‘Gender Equality’, ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities’ and ‘Life on Land’.
The Corporate Engagement Awards (CEA) has named Primark’s Sustainable Cotton Programme as its ‘Grand Prix’ winner. The CEA also awarded Primark Gold in both the Best Collaborative Approach and Best Environmental or Sustainable Programme categories, at an awards ceremony in London on 21st June.