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30 Mar 2016

RTÉ News

Primark announces increased supply chain checks in Turkey following concerns over exploitation of Syrian workers

Fashion chain Primark has said it has ramped up checks on the factories it uses in Turkey to ensure Syrian refugees are not exploited as part of a growing company policy to ensure workers are fairly treated. Paul Lister, head of the Irish company's ethical trading team, said the retailer is on a mission to ensure its supply chain is ethical and workers are not exploited - and that consumers know about its efforts...He said the retailer has this year doubled checks on its 100 or so supplier factories in Turkey amid growing concerns about Syrian refugees who, without a right to work, were vulnerable to abuse...Turkey has come under scrutiny for illegally employing Syrians including in a report earlier this year by corporate ethics watchdog, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. Retailers including H&M, Next, C&A and Primark reported identifying Syrian refugees in their Turkish supply base and detailed their efforts to protect refugee workers as part of the report that questioned 28 retailers. Mr Lister said...the company had to be more open about its supply chain, particularly after the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster