The issue of worker safety has always been a priority for Primark and forms an important part of our factory inspections. In some countries, where awareness of workplace safety (particularly fire safety) is limited, our local teams provide training and awareness programs for factory managers and workers.
In Bangladesh, we work with industry experts, other retailers, and international organizations to drive improvements on structural safety of the factories that supply our product with international safety standards as our benchmark. http://bangladeshaccord.org/.
Our fire safety program for suppliers in Bangladesh has been in place since 2010. It includes dedicated fire safety inspections, and training for suppliers and personnel in factories. A fire safety expert from the Bangladesh Fire Service worked with us to provide guidelines, which we have used to roll out our training program that all factories receive before starting work.
To ensure that the safety requirements are communicated effectively, we have worked in collaboration with a local NGO, SHEVA to produce training leaflets for workers.