Primark has struck a deal with India-based charity SAVE (Social Awareness and Voluntary Education) as part of a promise to better police its factories and end child labour in India’s Tirupur region.
Primark said that SAVE will work “from the bottom up” to keep check on the factories and educate workers about their rights. The initial deal is for three years, in which SAVE will act as the “eyes and ears” for Primark, reporting on conditions. SAVE will also educate workers about women’s rights, freedom of association, and health and social care, as well as helping them to form trade unions.
The deal comes a year after the BBC’s Panorama programme exposed the use of child labour in Primark’s Tirupur supply chain.