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Primark Shares Its Supply Chain Details Through Online Map


Taking transparency to online map disclosure, Primark stands strong with its commitment towards abolishing slavery in the supply chain.

Dailycsr.com – 07 June 2018 – Primark is a retailer of budget clothing which has round three hundred and fifty stores across “Britain, mainland Europe and the US”. In an attempt to promote transparency in the fight against “slave labour”, Primark has revealed the “details of its supply chain factories”.
The above mentioned information comes in the form of an “online map” which indicates over “600 suppliers’ factories in 30-plus countries” besides listing the number as well as the gender of the workers who work in the respective location.
Additionally, Primark has also given up its claim on supplier factories’ details without the fear of losing out on “competitive edge”. In fact, the same factories mostly supply all the rival retailers and most of them have been named by Primark’s rivals.
Primark has earlier maintained that it did not buy from “sweatshop” and factories that harboured slave labour, whereby the retailer has deepened its efforts for abolishing the “forced employment. As a result, it has come up with hotlines that are open for workers who are being exploited or are caught up in such scenarios to come forward as whistle blowers. In the words of the Ethical Trade’s Head at Primark, Katharine Stewart:
“We are opening up about our suppliers to boost transparency and visibility in our supply chain.”
While Peter McAllister, the Executive Director of “Ethical Trading Initiative”, the latter being “a global alliance” that reach out to “trade unions, employers and charities” to promote “workers’ rights”, added:
“Primark joins the select but growing group of leading companies that disclose details of their supplier factories.
“It is one more step in meeting consumer expectations and we hope that other brands and retailers will follow this example.”
Various “large brands” like Adidas, H&M and Asos, have shared their “supply chain information” while the pressure from the consumers and the regulatory grip continues to tightened. It is believed that as many as “25 million people” are still trapped in the shackle of forced labour, and the complexities involved in the supply chains make it a very difficult to identify such cases. While Stewart emphasises that for Primark the rights of workers are of paramount importance, whereby adding:
“We want to challenge the wrongly held perception that price and ethics are entwined.