The issue of worker safety has always been a priority for Primark and forms an important part of our Ethical Audit Programme. In some countries where awareness of workplace safety (particularly fire safety) is limited, our local teams provide training and awareness programmes for factory managers and workers.
In Bangladesh, we work with industry experts, other retailers, and international organisations to drive improvements on the structural safety of the factories that supply our product with international safety standards as our benchmark. www.bangladeshaccord.org
All factories that supply our product in Bangladesh are included in our structural safety programme. Our structural surveys are conducted to the highest international standards by an expert team of structural and civil engineers. In addition Primark is a signatory of the "The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh" which is an agreement between almost 200 apparel brands and retailers, international and local trade unions and NGOs working towards sustainable improvements to working conditions in the Bangladesh Garment Industry. All factories producing for companies that are signatories to the Accord are subject to independent inspections on fire, electrical and structural safety.
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Our fire safety programme for suppliers in Bangladesh has been in place since 2010. It includes dedicated fire safety inspections, and training for suppliers and 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 programme which all factories receive before commencing 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.