How is this Gender-Responsive Due Diligence?
In line with GRDD Step 3, My Life was designed to respond to the increased risk that Primark knows women workers, and migrant women in particular face, around knowing their rights and articulating them in the workplace. Many of the women the programme targets are joining the workplace for the first time. This increases their vulnerability, as they’re often unaware of their rights or responsibilities, and can lack confidence to speak up and voice their concerns in the workplace.
These are risks that Primark is directly linked to through its supply chain, but has not necessarily caused or contributed to. Primark identified these risks (GRDD Step 2) through a mix of:
- Organisational knowledge, particularly from the Ethical Trade and Environmental Sustainability team that Primark operates on the ground in its major sourcing countries
- Data, learning and observations from its regional social audit programme
- Existing third-party research
- Using the networks and partnerships Primark has to collect intelligence and insights on the local context for women (e.g.: Women’s Rights Organisations)
- Data from participatory exercises with women in the supply chain to identify key issues they face in the workplace
Using these insights, Primark worked with partners Women Win, the Naz Foundation and Swasti to design a proactive programme to tackle some of the risks facing workers in the supply chain. Primark has combined its leverage with resources to support women in their supply chain; finance to fund the programme comes from Primark’s ethical trade budget.