We’ve been working hard for the last decade to improve the rights of workers and the lives of the people working within our supply chain. Cotton, a natural fibre, makes up a large proportion of our clothing range and in some regions cotton is grown on large-scale industrial farms. However, it is mostly grown on small farms in low-income countries, where knowledge of the most up to date and environmentally friendly farming practices is often limited.
That’s why, in 2013, we partnered with agricultural experts, CottonConnect, and the Self-Employed Women’s Association to create the ‘Primark Sustainable Cotton Programme’.READ MORE
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We are often asked where products for Primark are made. So we decided to let people see for themselves.
Like many other fashion retailers, our products are made around the world in countries such as Bangladesh, India and China. Primark doesn’t own any factories, so all our products are made by our approved suppliers who manufacture on our behalf. We only work with suppliers and factories that respect the rights of their workforce and meet our standards which are based on international guidelines. We carry out over 2,000 audits a year to check these standards are met.
In 2016, we used virtual reality equipment to film a Primark pair of trousers being made in a factory just outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh. This 360 degree video follows the production journey of a pair of trousers, from the cutting and sewing together of material, to the labelling and pressing of the final product ready for to our stores.
Primark has announced the start of a new partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID) to improve working conditions for garment workers in developing markets.
The partnership will combine the presence, networks and expertise of both organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of local workers, bolster national economic development and help alleviate poverty in five of Primark’s key markets which DFID also works in: Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burma, Ethiopia and India.READ MORE