I will now below select a business and examine how effectively it deals with the legal requirements, ethical considerations and operational issues. I decided to pick Primark as this company seems to have many questions over its standards.
Primark bases its Code of Conduct on the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Code It brings together representatives of governments, employers and workers to shape policies and programmes. The ILO code describes a set of standards for international labour. These promote opportunities for women and men to work in freedom, equity, security and dignity. All Primark suppliers are also subject to thorough independent audits and follow-up visits to make sure that the supplier is maintaining ethical practices. This involves an audit of labour standards. An auditor is someone that checks factories to ensure that Primark's code of conduct is being implemented within the factory.
Primark works to ensure ethical sourcing in a number of ways. It has an Ethical Trade Director, whose role is to make sure Primark goods are sourced ethically and who leads a team of ethical managers and executives based in the key sourcing countries. Primark is a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). The ETI is an international alliance of companies, trade unions and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) working in partnership to improve the lives of workers across the globe.
When Primark where exposed to the public in 2008 by the BBC for their usage of a child labour chain in India, the amount of revenue they were receiving decreased drastically. The question still remains on whether Primark are ethical, Primark today even though they have made a lot of progress in recent years to clean the company’s name.
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