Our Responsibility


We aim to make our employees, suppliers and local and wider communities part of our success by working with them in every way we can. This means that:

  • employees have equal opportunities based on merit
  • suppliers are treated fairly
  • local communities are respected and supported by Primark
  • the company takes its environmental responsibilities seriously

Ethical Trading Initiative

Our membership of the Ethical Trading Initiative is testament to our determination to succeed on our own merit and not at the expense of others.

Local community support

Primark supports many local charitable organisations, community projects, families and individuals across the UK and Ireland throughout the year.  Requests for contributions are received on a daily basis and we try to support as many as we can including those involving children, education, people with disabilities, healthcare and the elderly.

We also work with Job Centre Plus, which provides help and advice on jobs and training for people who can work and financial help for those who cannot.  

Packaging Waste Regulations

Packaging Waste Regulations are designed to reduce the amount of packaging that goes into landfill. The Packaging Waste Regulations work on the principle of Shared Producer Responsibility - encouraging producers to take responsibility for their environmental impact. The Regulations require obligated producers to pay a proportion of the cost of the recovery and recycling of their packaging. The level of  obligation depends on the stage of the chain at which the packaging is brought into the country.

Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Primark participates in a scheme operated by Valpak which ensures the company's full compliance with the obligations of the UK Waste Management Packaging Regulations to recover packaging waste.

Republic of Ireland. Penneys, the name under which Primark operates in Ireland, participates in a similar scheme operated by Repak. This ensures the company's full compliance with the obligations of the Republic of Ireland Waste Management Packaging Regulations. Repak is an approved body for the recovery of packaging waste and assumes responsibility to fund the recovery/recycling of packaging on Penneys' behalf. 

Carrier bags

We are progressively replacing plastic carrier bags with paper bags, thus reducing further our impact on the environment.

Associated British Foods' CSR policy

In addition, we work within the CSR guidelines operated by our parent company, Associated British Foods.


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