(primarks new recyclable brown carrier bags / Lesley Thomas / 5th April 2007 www.telegraph.co.uk)
The Guardian 16th June 2008 ' primark fires child worker firms'
A BBC panorama investigative programme carried out an undercover operation over 6 months and alerted Primark to the use of child
labour in 3 of their Indian suppliers.....Primark immediately terminated the contracts with said suppliers.
The Telegraph 25th April 2013 'Primark 'shocked' by Bangladesh building collapse'
Another shame to Primarks
reputation when this horrific disaster hits the news, as The Rana Plaza Factory in Bangladesh collapses, killing over 1000 workers........Primark responded by offering short term financial support and
food aid with long term compensation to the victims and their families.
Doesnt bode well for this popular high street fast fashion brand , however tainted with constant scandals Primark strive to prove they are doing their best to tackle
these unethical practisces, thy have worked hard to maintain a transparent corporate code of conduct,.
With currently over 600 major suppliers in 16 countries employing around 700,000 workers, the corporate responsibility relies heavily on fair trade
and human rights, which includes introducing an Ethical Trade Director, Ethical Managers and joining ETI and ILO to help them create a working code of practice.
This includes Safe and hygenic working conditions, No child labour, living wages, no
excessive working hours, no discrimination and humane treatment of all employees.
The supplier and factory selection is rigid with regular audits carried out,.
Primark have had the misfortune to be misled and been decieved by
their scrupulous suppliers, something that happens often in the supply chain and sometimes beyond a retailers control.
So how do Primark trade ethically and still keep their prices low and still make a profit ?
Well, they have
no expensive ad campaigns, they always place large orders with low mark ups, overheads are kept to a minimum, and their suppliers source fabrics locally saving on added logistics costs.
Their paper bags are 100% recycled cardboard.