Update on Primark's commitment to zero discharge

18 April 2014

Primark has a stringent chemical management policy in place which complies fully with, and goes beyond, EU legislation. This policy is supported by a programme of due diligence and scrutiny to ensure our products comply at all times with these legal requirements and are safe for our customers to use and wear. 

Beyond this, Primark recognises the importance of continuing to evolve its chemical management policy in line with industry best practice and of continuing to minimise the environmental impact of textile manufacturing processes.

As a result, Primark has committed to working with industry and other stakeholders to achieve the goal of ‘zero discharge’ of hazardous chemicals within the textile and apparel supply chain by 2020. The detail of this commitment is outlined in Primark’s Detox Solution, agreed in conjunction with the global NGO Greenpeace. 

In line with this agreement, Primark will work with its suppliers to start to phase-out identified hazardous chemicals and replace these with safer alternatives. To support this process and to make information on chemical substitution available to the industry, Primark will publish case studies on the online platform, SUBSPORT.org.

Primark will also evaluate how to integrate a screening methodology (e.g. the Clean Production Action – Greenscreen) into its chemical management programme to ensure that all chemicals used in manufacturing are thoroughly assessed.

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