Despite the supplier being an established supplier to other popular European swimwear brands, it was a relatively new supplier to Primark. It clearly does not share our values, given the lengths it went to in carrying out this totally unauthorised subcontracting. As a result, we have terminated our relationship with this supplier.
Primark is committed to eliminating certain chemicals from its supply chain by 2020, and as part of that commitment has become a member of the ZDHC Group. In line with the Joint Roadmap, Primark wants to help bring about systemic change across the industry, and achieve the goal of zero discharge via all pathways of release, including emissions and losses.
Primark announced today that it has completed more than 95% of long-term compensation (LTC) payments to the 668 workers (or their dependents) of Primark supplier, New Wave Bottoms, which occupied the second floor of the eight storey building, who died or were injured as a result of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh on 24 April 2013. Total payments now stand at $14 million, of which long-term payments amount to $11 million and have been made in full, in cash, directly by Primark. Payments have been delivered to victims through BRAC Bank and bKash.
Primark has a stringent chemical management policy which complies fully with and goes beyond EU legislation. We recognise the importance of continuing to evolve this policy and in February 2014 we joined Greenpeace's Detox campaign and are working closely with them. We are pleased that Greenpeace has recognised us a leader on this issue, one that is particularly important to our customers, and the people that work in our supply chain.
We share the concerns of NGOs over working and employment conditions in the Southern Indian cotton mill industry. Although we don’t source directly from cotton spinning mills, Primark been working with industry and other NGOs to improve conditions in these facilities. More information can be found here.
Nobody should be in any doubt that Primark places the utmost importance on the well being of workers in its supply chain. Primark would not sell clothes unless we are satisfied that they were made in accordance with our Code of Conduct. It is for this reason that we take all allegations of breaches of our Code extremely seriously from any sources. Indeed, we make it easy and accessible for workers in our supply chain to make contact with us confidentially, through a variety of sources, if they have any concerns.