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Primark, who recently joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, has recently released an online global sourcing map that allows consumers to access information about the 1071 factories and suppliers in the retailer’s global supply chain.

This is a notable turn in policy for the company, who was known to be quite private about the details of its suppliers.

“For a number of years, we’ve been working closely with industry partners sharing information about where Primark products are made. This has included, for example, details of our suppliers, their factories, as well as our supply chain practices,” said a spokesperson for Primark. “Partners have extended from bodies such as the Ethical Trading Initiative to organizations monitoring industry standards, notably the International Labor Organization’s Better Work program.”

The new online tool which will be operated by Primark’s Ethical Trade and Environmental Sustainability Team continues to expand on the company’s efforts to improve its overall ethical standing.

Currently, the retailer ranks among the least ethical with a 46 ECI. But with evidenced initiative to take greater steps toward transparency, including agreeing to the Bangladesh Accord in addition to the development of a Sustainable Cotton Program and signing on as a member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Program, perhaps we’ll see Primark’s ethical index ranking rise in the near future.

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