Rated: Not good enough

price: $$$$

location: Ireland

Primark is not taking adequate steps to ensure payment of a living wage for its workers.

Primark sustainability rating


2 out of 5


2 out of 5


2 out of 5

Overall rating: Not good enough

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Primark's environment rating is 'not good enough'. It uses some eco-friendly materials including organic cotton. It has fast fashion traits such as on trend styles and regular new arrivals. There is no evidence it minimises textile waste when manufacturing its products. It has set a deadline to eliminate hazardous chemicals by 2025 but there is no evidence it is on track to meet its target.

Its labour rating is 'not good enough'. Little of its supply chain is certified by labour standards which ensure worker health and safety, living wages or other labour rights. It received a score of 31-40% in the 2021 Fashion Transparency Index. There is no evidence it implements practices to encourage diversity and inclusion in most of its supply chain. There is no evidence it ensures payment of a living wage in its supply chain. It discloses policies or safeguards to protect suppliers and workers in its supply chain from the impacts of COVID-19.

Its animal rating is 'not good enough'. It has a formal animal welfare policy aligned with Five Freedoms but has few clear mechanisms to implement. It uses leather, wool and exotic animal hair. It uses down accredited by the Responsible Down Standard. It does not use fur, angora or exotic animal skin. It traces few animal products to the first stage of production.

Primark is rated 'Not good enough' overall.

Last updated January 2022