Primark has published an interactive global sourcing map that includes details of its suppliers, factories and supply chain practices.
The retailer has published factory names, addresses, the number of workers and gender split of the workforce in 1071 factories in 31 countries from which it sources product.
The map shows that Primark’s suppliers are based across five continents including 550 factories based in China, 173 in India, 89 in Bangladesh, 78 in Turkey and 16 in the UK.
The factories listed have all worked with Primark for at least a year and have adhered to the retailer’s ethical and commercial standards.
Primark said that it revealed these details after a number of other retailers started publishing their own sourcing information.
A Primark spokeswoman said: “Primark has not published details of its suppliers’ factories up to now, as we regarded this information as giving us commercial advantage. However, with 98% of the factories making products for Primark also manufacturing for other brands, and with a number of those retailers now publishing details of their sourcing, we have taken the decision to share our information.”
Peter McAllister, executive director at the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), said: “ETI recognises that embracing the transparency agenda not only takes commitment, but also requires significant time and effort to get right and in the case of global sourcing maps, keep up to date.
”Today, Primark joins the select but growing group of leading companies that disclose details of their supplier factories. It is one more step in meeting consumer expectations and we hope that other brands and retailers will follow this example.”
Sales at Primark rose by 7% during the 16 weeks ending 6 January 2018, which it said was due to “increased retail selling space”.