“Primark Sheds Light on Supply Chain with Global Sourcing Map Tool” – Sustainable Brands – February 16, 2018

On February 16, 2018 Sustainable Brands reported that “Primark, a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, has developed a new online tool that is helping usher in a new era of transparency for the retailer. The Global Sourcing Map allows consumers to access information about the 1071 factories and suppliers that make up the company’s supply chain.

The sourcing map features information about Primark’s suppliers’ factories in 31 countries, including the names, addresses, number of workers and gender split of the workforce at each. To be included on the map, factories must have produced products for Primark for at least a year and be an established supplier.

The move builds on Primark’s previous efforts to promote social and environmental sustainability in its supply chain. In addition to signing onto the Bangladesh Accord, the company has developed a Sustainable Cotton Program and as a member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Program has committed to phasing out the use of certain chemicals in its supply chain by 2020.”

You may read the article on the Sustainable Brands internet site.

“Sierra Leone’s Easy Solar raises undisclosed funding from Acumen Fund and Gaia Impact Fund” – TechMoran – February 13, 2018

On February 13, 2018 TechMoran reported that Easy Solar, a pay-as-you-go solar distribution company, has received undisclosed funding from Acumen Fund of the US and Gaia Impact Fund of France.

“According to Leslie Labruto, Global Energy Lead at Acumen, ‘We invested in Easy Solar because of the audacity of the team to impact one of the world’s poorest markets.  Easy Solar’s funding team has the right recipe of grit, local knowledge, and intuition to become a top employer in the country and make an off-grid energy company work in Sierra Leone.’

‘We see our investment in Easy Solar as an opportunity to help scale an energy company servicing low-income customers and building a new clean economy in Sierra Leone,’ said Guilhem Dupuy, Investment Manager at Gaia Impact Fund.  ‘We are excited to partner with Acumen in supporting entrepreneurs and companies committed to bring an end to energy poverty.’”

You may read the article on the TechMoran internet site.