Our Ethical Trade and Environmental Sustainability Team is responsible for implementing our Code of Conduct as well as additional programmes and policies. These include Primark’s compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act; implementing our structural safety programme; and working in collaboration with global and local experts as well as other brands and retailers on programmes designed to drive improvements across the textile industry.
The aim of the ‘Modern Slavery Act 2015’ is to tackle human trafficking and modern slavery. For businesses, the Act states that any organisation in the UK with a turnover of over £36m is required to publish an annual statement setting out what steps it has taken during its financial year to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in its own business and its supply chains.
Primark Stores Limited’s Modern Slavery statement for 2015/2016 can be downloaded below. It covers Primark’s policies and information on how the company addresses risks both within its supply chain and its own operations. This statement will be updated annually, as per the Modern Slavery Act 2015 guidelines.
In 2015 Primark signed the Cotton Pledge, committing to not knowingly source Uzbek cotton for the manufacturing of any of our products until the Government of Uzbekistan ends the practice of forced child and adult labour in its cotton sector. In 2016 we extended this ban to Turkmenistan. All suppliers are required to disclose the country of origin and volume of all cotton fibre used in our products and we have developed a due diligence programme to assess and validate this.
As a subsidiary of Associated British Foods plc (ABF), Primark has adopted ABF’s Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy. ABF is committed to maintaining the highest standards of ethics and compliance with all relevant laws wherever business is conducted. Compliance with anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws are at the forefront of this commitment.
ABF’s Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy can be downloaded below.
As a subsidiary of Associated British Foods plc (ABF), Primark has adopted ABF’s Whistleblowing Policy, which exists to protect people raising matters of public interest to stop malpractice and wrongdoing.
ABF’s Whistleblowing Policy can be downloaded below.
We believe collaboration is the most effective way to drive improvements across the textile industry. It helps us affect change beyond our direct influence. That is why we work in partnership with global and local experts as well as other brands and retailers on a number of programmes designed to make improvements in our supply chain.