Primark response to "Falling out of fashion: Garment worker abuse under military rule in Myanmar” report
We were aware of the allegations raised by the BHRRC previously and have investigated and attempted remediation in each case. This report highlights the stark reality of sourcing from Myanmar in the current environment and the worrying impact on workers' rights and safety. We welcome the spotlight organisations such as the BHRRC put on these issues, and we will continue to fully investigate and remediate any allegations we are made aware of, where possible. The safety of our team and that of the workers in our suppliers’ factories remains our priority throughout.
Additional information on each allegation referenced:
- GY Sen, March 2021, workers prevented from leaving factory during prodemocracy protests: Primark immediately took action to investigate and resolve the issue raised about this supplier.
- Myanmar Guotai Huasheng Glory, April 2022, dismissal of workplace coordinating committees: Primark immediately took action to investigate the issue raised about this supplier. A remediation plan was put in place and remains ongoing. Actions include working closely with the supplier to ensure election of workplace coordinating committee (WCC) is facilitated fairly, WCC members are upskilled through regular on-site coaching, and frequent monitoring to ensure wages and working hours are managed correctly in line with our supplier code of conduct.
- Kaixi Myanmar Fashion, November 2022, excess production targets and forced overtime: Primark immediately took action to investigate the issues raised about this supplier. A remediation plan has been put in place with the factory to strengthen internal processes.