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DUBLIN – High street fashion retailer Primark has found itself engulfed in a debate regarding supply chain ethics after selling Pride t-shirts aimed at promoting LGBTI rights, despite the fact these garments were printed in nations where legislation does not support this sentiment.

Aside from this, Primark stated that 20 per cent of the t-shirt’s £5 retail price would be donated to equality charity Stonewall – a price point at which it is difficult to imagine how workers at every stage of the supply chain could receive a living wage.

While the rights issue has sparked outrage with many consumers, the lack of alignment between the message emblazoned upon a garment and the realities faced by workers on production lines will come as little surprise to many in the apparel industry. David Styles reports.

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