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4 Nov 2022

Primark's response to allegations of abuses in Myanmar garment factories - October Update


...We are aware of one the cases raised by BHRRC, and the factory is currently suspended as we work with them on a remediation plan. We are not aware of the other case and we have reached out to the factory concerned to investigate the allegations. Should we uncover any evidence of the allegations, which will indicate non-compliance with our Code of Conduct, a remediation plan will be activated.

Following the publication of the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI)’s independent, evidence-based assessment on human rights and responsible business conduct within the country in September, we made the difficult decision to begin a responsible exit from the country. The ETI report shows a significant deterioration in the situation in Myanmar, which poses significant challenges to our ability to ensure the standards we require to protect the safety and rights of the people who make our clothes and products.

...we are managing this exit in close collaboration with our partners and stakeholders in Myanmar and internationally, following the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We will continue to assess compliance with our Code of Conduct throughout this process...

[The full response is attached]

Part of the following timelines

Myanmar: Garment workers at Primark supplier report multiple violations incl. mandatory overtime, verbal abuse & Workers' Committee collaborating with factory to undermine workers' rights; incl. co. response

Myanmar: Garment workers report the dismissal of trade union members & excessive production targets at Myanmar Knitting factory; incl. co. responses