Associated British Foods (ABF) scores 9.5 out of 100 points and has started the journey towards more sustainable cotton. Primark, ABF’s main fashion brand, partners, amongst others, with CottonConnect, the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) and the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) to create a Sustainable Cotton Programme. The company does not communicate any time-bound targets to achieve a more sustainable cotton supply nor the share of its current cotton supply that is considered more sustainable. The company provides no information on finished product, fabric, or yarn manufacturers.
Primark’s long-term ambition is to ensure that all the cotton used in its supply chain is sustainably sourced. However, the company makes no public statement of a time-bound target to achieve more sustainable cotton. The elimination of pesticides, biodiversity issues, and the reduction of water use are addressed through partnership with the REEL cotton certification programme. Primark has no additional policies for these issues in the area of cotton cultivation. The company however has a Public Private Partnership with the ILO to combat child labour, at all levels of its supply chain. Primark also works with CottonConnect to prevent and address forced and child labour. The company is piloting customer recycling schemes, but these could not be verified with public sources.
The company does not publish any information about volumes of more sustainable cotton sourced, either in percentage or absolute terms.
The company does not publish information on the absolute volume and origin of the cotton used in its products. The company does not provide information on its suppliers (finished product, fabric manufacturers, yarn spinners).