Our Environmental Sustainability Programme

As an international retailer Primark recognises its responsibility to the environment and works hard to ensure its products are made with respect for workers’ rights and the environment.

As part of our Environmental Sustainability Programme we have strict chemical management requirements for our products that comply with EU and US legislation. We also look for opportunities to go beyond EU and US legislation to reduce the environmental impact of the textile manufacturing processes. Our suppliers agree to adhere to our standards as part of the terms and conditions of doing business with us.

We provide training, resources and support for our suppliers and their factories in order to bring about sustainable change. We also recognise the importance of collaboration to affect industry wide change and make an impact beyond our direct influence. This is why, beyond actively engaging with suppliers, we work with industry experts and other brands and are members of a number of organisations including ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC).

For further information on chemical management – click here.

Cleaner Production Programmes

Our Cleaner Production programmes, which started in 2011, provides training to suppliers in Bangladesh and China on how to make improvements to their washing, dyeing and printing operations. The training helps them to reduce the water, chemicals and energy they use and ensure that waste water is treated properly.

In addition we are working to phase out certain chemicals and replace them with alternatives.

You can read about our work here.

ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines

As a member of ZDHC we have adopted the ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines and ask our suppliers to use these parameters which go beyond regulatory compliance for wastewater discharge.

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