A Primark spokesperson said: “We can confirm we have published information about the factories which manufacture products for Primark on our website.
“For a number of years, we’ve been working closely with industry partners sharing information about where Primark products are made. This has included for example, details of our suppliers, their factories, as well as our supply chain practices. Partners have extended from bodies such as the Ethical Trading Initiative, to organisations monitoring industry standards, notably the International Labour Organisation’s Better Work programme.
“Information about suppliers’ factories in the 31 countries from which Primark sources product is now available on our website. Details include factory names, addresses, number of workers and gender split of the workforce.
“A factory is detailed on the map only after it has produced products for Primark for a year and has become an established supplier. During the first year, a factory has to demonstrate that it can consistently work to Primark’s ethical standards, as well as meet our commercial requirements in areas such as quality and timely delivery. Factories featured on the map produce over 95% of Primark’s products for sale in our stores.
“Primark has not published details of its suppliers’ factories up to now, as we regarded this information as giving us commercial advantage. However, with 98% of the factories making products for Primark also manufacturing for other brands, and with a number of those retailers now publishing details of their sourcing, we have taken the decision to share our information.
“Primark does not own any factories and requires all its suppliers’ factories to meet its Code of Conduct, which is based on the standards of the International Labour Organisation, a United Nations body. Primark’s Ethical Trade and Environmental Sustainability Team, which consists of over 100 people based in key sourcing countries, is responsible for monitoring compliance with its Code. This team will also be responsible for providing updates to the Primark Global Sourcing Map on a twice-yearly basis.”For more information, visit www.primark.com
Further information about the International Labour Organisation’s Better Work programme can be found on: http://www.ilo.org/global/programmes-and-projects/WCMS_084616/lang--de/index.htm
Primark was first established in Dublin in 1969 and currently has over 350 stores across the UK, Ireland, Europe and the USA.
Like almost every other fashion retailer on the high street, Primark clothes are made in countries including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and China. Primark has a strict code of conduct in place designed to ensure that the factories it works with respect the rights of their workforce. The Primark Ethical Trade and Environmental Sustainability team is made up of more than 100 individuals who work across Primark’s supply chain to ensure Primark’s standards are met. As well as carrying out almost 3,000 audits every year to check that workers are being treated properly, Primark has been a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative since 2006 and achieved ‘Leadership’ status in 2011, ranking in the top 5% of brands.
Primark also works with local partners to run programmes and initiatives designed to support the people who make its products. For example, Primark is working with Business for Social Responsibility on HERHealth, a programme designed to provide healthcare and health education to women in developing markets. The programme sees a group of women from each factory selected as Peer Health Educators. These women are provided with training and education during working hours so they can positively educate others Through HERHealth, more than 900 female coaches have been trained in Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar, reaching more than 25,000 female workers.