Investigation by Observer and BBC finds child labour in Primark's supply chain in India – includes company response

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23 June 2008

Primark: On the Rack

Author: BBC Panorama

Panorama puts Primark's claims that it can deliver cheap, fast fashion without breaking ethical guidelines to the test. Posing as industry buyers in India, the programme's reporter Tom Heap and his team find some of India's poorest people working long, gruelling hours on Primark clothes in slum workshops and refugee camps. These were far away from the Primark approved and inspected factories; breaking promises on child labour, working hours and wages. When presented with the results of the investigation Primark sacked three suppliers and announced it was setting up a children's foundation. Panorama: Primark on the Rack can be seen on BBC One at 9pm on Monday 23 June [includes link to Primark Statement on Ethical Trading]

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23 June 2008

[video] Primark: On the Rack

Author: BBC Panorama

Panorama tests Primark's claims that it delivers ethical, cheap fashion, and finds some of India's poorest people working gruelling hours.

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22 June 2008

The hidden face of Primark fashion

Author: Dan McDougall, Observer [UK]

The huge fashion store Primark sacked three of its suppliers last week after an investigation for the BBC's Panorama and The Observer uncovered children labouring in Indian refugee camps to produce some of its cheapest garments. Here we reveal the brutal reality of a supply chain that sees children as young as 11 sewing T-shirts which cost shoppers just a few pounds to buy on high streets across Britain…A Primark spokesman told The Observer that the firm is appointing an agency 'as a partner to act as its eyes and ears on the ground' and is establishing a charitable foundation for children. [also refers to Fab n Fabric]

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