The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh was set up in 2013 following the Rana Plaza disaster. It is an independent, legally binding agreement between brands and trade unions designed to work towards a safe and healthy Bangladeshi Garment Industry. The Accord intends to improve the structural and electrical safety of Bangladeshi factories, and to enable a working environment in which no worker needs to fear fires, building collapses, or other accidents that could be prevented with reasonable health and safety measures. The Accord carries out inspections, holds safety information sessions for workers, and trains safety committees in factories in Bangladesh.
Set up in 2014, Action, Collaboration, Transformation (ACT) is an initiative between international retailers, and trade unions that aims to raise wages for workers across the garment industry. The initiative is establishing a global framework for the sector to achieve living wages for workers in key sourcing countries through industry wide collective bargaining supported by responsible purchasing practices. Primark is a founding member of ACT.
The Association for Stimulating Know How (ASK), works with businesses, NGOs, Governments and grassroots communities to promote the best interests of marginalised groups and societies in India, and internationally. Primark has worked with ASK on several projects. These include a toolkit to help factories improve their recruitment and hiring processes, which we also partner with the U.S.-based NGO Verité on.
Primark has partnered with Better Work since 2013. Better Work is a partnership between the United Nation’s International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. Working across governments, employers, workers and international brands and retailers, Better Work strives for a global garment industry that lifts millions more people out of poverty by providing decent work, empowering women, driving business competitiveness and promoting inclusive growth. Primark works with them in key sourcing countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Since 2011, Primark has worked with BSR’s HERproject, a global collaboration to empower women. Primark is currently implementing BSR’s HERhealth project in factories that supply Primark in Bangladesh in partnership with two local NGOs – Change Associates and Mamata. HERhealth provides advice on healthcare and health education on topics including hygiene, health and nutrition to female factory workers. The project has reached over 20,000 female workers since it launched.
Primark is an active member of The Bündnis für nachhaltige Textilien (Partnership for Sustainable Textiles). It is a multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together experts from the textile and clothing industries alongside retailers and trade unions in Germany. Members pool their expertise and make a commitment to achieve social, ecological and economical improvements in the textile supply chain.
CH2M is a leading developer of environmental management systems. Primark works with CH2M on the development of our Environmental Sustainability Strategy, which is working to embed environmental sustainability within our supply chain and is aligned with appropriate standards set by ISO.
Change Associates Ltd is a women-led Bangladeshi non-profit organisation which works to promote the empowerment of Bangladeshi women in the Ready Made Garment (RMG) industry. Change Associates builds the capacity of factory management and workforce, in particular women workers, to build a respectful and healthy working environment. Primark has worked with Change Associates in Bangladesh since 2011 to deliver the HERhealth project, which creates awareness regarding healthcare and health education on topics including hygiene, health and nutrition to female factory workers. The project has supported over 20,000 women workers since it launched.
CottonConnect is an enterprise with a clear mission to transform the cotton industry for good, working with brands and retailers to enable them to develop a more robust and resilient cotton supply chains. Primark has worked with CottonConnect and the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) since 2013 on the Primark Sustainable Cotton Programme. The project supports female cotton farmers to reduce their production costs, adopt more environmentally-friendly farming methods and ultimately increase their earnings.
The Association for the Support of Contemporary Life (CYDD) is a Turkish non-profit NGO. Primark has worked with CYDD since 2016 on the implementation of our Code of Conduct in Turkey.
In the U.S., Primark donates unsold clothes to the charity Delivering Good, an organisation that supports people affected by natural disasters or poverty. Any items that cannot be used are recycled, but the majority of Primark’s donations are distributed across the U.S. and worldwide to help adults, children and families in need.
In 2015, Primark signed a partnership with the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), to improve working conditions for garment workers in key sourcing countries. Working together, the partnership aims to improve the health and wellbeing of workers, to help boost national economic development and to ultimately tackle poverty.
The European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) is an EU-led commitment made by brands, retailers, charities and recycling organisations, to collectively reduce the use of resources in the clothing industry by 2019. Primark signed-up to ECAP’s targets in 2016, which include reducing clothing waste, carbon dioxide emissions and water use.
ELEVATE works with brands, retailers, factories and suppliers to improve conditions for workers in global supply chains. Primark contracts ELEVATE in some of our sourcing countries to carry out social audits of factories that have been approved to make products for us against our Code of Conduct. In some countries, Elevate also provides training on how to meet our standards in these factories.
Founded in 1998, the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is an alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organisations that promotes respect for workers’ rights globally. Primark has been a member since 2006 and has been ranked as a “leader” since 2011. As a member, Primark has signed up to the ETI’s base code of labour practice, which aims to establish good practice in ethical trade and is based on the standards of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
Primark worked with Impactt, an ethical trade consultancy, since 2013 on the Benefits for Business and Workers (BBW) programme in Bangladesh and India. The programme aimed to improve the HR processes and systems in some of the factories we work with, for example delivering fair wages and better working hours.
Innovatus is an expert human and labour rights organisation. Primark contracts Innovatus to carry out audits of the factories based in Pakistan that have been approved to make products for us against our Code of Conduct.
Primark is a member of the Leather Working Group, which promotes sustainable environmental stewardship practices within the leather industry. The group is made up of brands, retailers, suppliers and technical experts. We will be working with them to improve leather manufacturing practices in our supply chain.
MADE-BY is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to ‘make sustainable fashion common practice’. We have worked with MADE-BY since 2012, and the group is currently helping Primark to meet targets set out within the European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP). MADE-BY is also providing advice on how to improve the environmental footprint of our product fibres.
Primark has partnered with Mamata, an NGO based in Bangladesh, since 2016. Mamata helps Primark to deliver the HERhealth project in Chittagong, Bangladesh. HERhealth provides advice on health education and healthcare to female factory workers on hygiene, health and nutrition.
Mott Macdonald is a global engineering, management and development consultancy. Mott Macdonald helps Primark implement its own global building integrity programme in 3rd party garment factories.
MUDEM is an NGO based in Turkey that provides support to asylum seekers and refugees in Turkey. Primark has worked with MUDEM since 2016 on the implementation of our Code of Conduct in Turkey.
The Naz Foundation Trust is an NGO that works on issues of HIV, Sexuality and Women's Empowerment in India. They are the local partner of an international NGO Women Win, who we partner with in India to provide life skills and rights training to workers in factories that supply Primark. Primark has partnered with the Naz Foundation since 2014.
The Newlife charity for disabled children provides vital support to change the lives of disabled and terminally ill children and their families. Newlife’s work includes funding specialist disability equipment and supporting thousands of families in need through their specially-trained Newlife Nurses. Since 2010, Primark has donated our unsold items from across Europe and our buying samples to Newlife. The charity then sells them on to raise money to support these children.
Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT) aims to reduce the environmental impact of the textile industry in Bangladesh, including the reduction of water and energy use and chemical management. Primark has worked with PaCT since 2013 in Bangladeshi factories that make its products.
Palladium is an expert consultancy firm in international development. In 2016, Primark partnered with Palladium to deliver the UK government-funded Suddokho programme, a five-year skills training and employment programme that works in the readymade garments (RMG) and construction sectors. The programme is currently working with a number of Bangladeshi RMG factories that have been approved to make products for Primark.
Primark has worked with Social Awareness and Voluntary Education (SAVE), an NGO based in India, to support the formation and maintenance of Worker Education Groups, since 2009. These groups are formed in communities where factories that supply Primark products are based. They are a place for factory workers to come together to learn about their workplace rights, gain life skills and share and apply what they have learnt with other colleagues and family members.
The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), led by resource efficiency experts WRAP, is an industry-wide commitment made by brands, retailers, charities and recycling organisations to collectively reduce the carbon, water and waste impacts of the clothing industry. We became a member in 2015 and have signed up to SCAP’s industry-wide targets which we report on annually.
The Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), is a trade union in India, which promotes women’s rights at work. Primark has worked with SEWA and CottonConnect since 2013 on the Primark Sustainable Cotton Programme. The project supports female cotton farmers to reduce their production costs, adopt more environmentally-friendly farming methods and ultimately increase their earnings.
Sheva is an NGO based in Bangladesh that focuses on the protection and empowerment of women, as well as alleviating poverty. Primark has worked with Sheva since 2011 to implement its fire safety project. The project educates workers on fire prevention and fire safety, and includes a tailor-made performance drama which conveys fire safety messages in an engaging format for workers.
Solidaridad is an international organisation that focuses on partnerships and collaboration to drive down the environmental impact that results from global supply chains. Primark works with Solidaridad in China and Bangladesh to reduce water and energy use. The partnership also involves managing the use of certain chemicals at some of our dyeing and printing mills.
Primark has been part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, an industry-wide group multi-stakeholder group of more than 190 members working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of products around the world, since 2015. The SAC’s work includes the development of the HIGG Index, a suite of tools and modules which members use to measure environmental and social performance in a standardised way at brand, facility and product levels. The HIGG Index is used by Primark and widely adopted by our supply chain to improve environmental performance.
Swasti, an International Health Resource Centre, has been one of Primark’s partners in Southern India since 2016. We have partnered with Swasti alongside Women Win and the Naz Foundation to introduce life skills initiative to empower workers working in Primark’s global supply chain.
UL is a global, independent safety science company dedicated to promoting safe living and working environments. UL offers services to ensure product safety and sustainable and responsible sourcing solutions. Primark contracts UL in some of our sourcing countries to carry out social audits of factories that have been approved to make products for us against our Code of Conduct.
Verité is a U.S. based NGO focused on helping people around the world work under safe, fair, and legal conditions. Primark worked with Verité on its Help Wanted initiative, to introduce its Fair Labour Fair Hiring Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to support factories to improve their recruitment and hiring practices.
Primark became a member of VGT, the Dutch industry association representing textile retailers, in 2013. VGT is a member of the Dutch Retail Council. One of its primary focuses is ethical trade and sustainability of the retail marker and supply chains. Primark is part of the VGT CSR working group, set up for retailers to share and discuss issues and industry solutions.
Women Win is an international NGO that works to empower women and adolescent girls through sport, mentoring, peer support, and the development of leadership and life skills. Primark has worked with Women Win since 2013 to support and educate female factory workers in India in areas such as communication skills and workplace rights.
In 2015, Primark became a member of the industry working group the ZDHC Foundation. Members include apparel and footwear brands who have a shared commitment to advance toward zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the textile and footwear value chain to improve the environment and people’s wellbeing. Since joining, Primark has been involved in the development of the tools and standards produced by the group and adopted by other brands and retailers. We adopted these standards and tools in our own programme to support the achievement of our DETOX Commitment.