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2018 Apparel & Footwear

Primark (subsidiary retail group of Associated British Foods) (LSE:ABF)

Primark, a subsidiary retail group of Associated British Foods and the third-largest clothing retailer in the United Kingdom, ranks fourth out of 43 companies, disclosing more information on its forced labor policies and practices than its peers across all themes. Compared to 2016, the company improved its rank from fifth to fourth. Since 2016, the company has improved its performance and disclosure by launching a mandatory supplier training on modern slavery, disclosing a supplier list, providing several examples of remedy outcomes (which include the reimbursement of recruitment fees), and providing details of how it supports ethical recruitment. Further, the company discloses it engaged its suppliers' workers in different sourcing countries, included second-tier suppliers in its audits, and increased its disclosure on audit outcomes. Notably, Primark is among the companies achieving the highest score on the theme of Commitment & Governance. Additional steps the company could take to address forced labor risks in its supply chains include strengthening its disclosure and practices on the themes of Recruitment, Worker Voice, and Remedy.

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2018

  • Commitment and Governance

    100

  • Traceability and Risk Assessment

    81

  • Purchasing Practices

    81

  • Recruitment

    28

  • Worker Voice

    63

  • Monitoring

    85

  • Remedy

    63