2019
  • Primark launched its first range of jeans made with 100% sustainable cotton, an important step towards Primark’s aim for all cotton used in their products to be sustainably sourced.
  • Primark announced a significant expansion of its Sustainable Cotton Programme, with plans to train more than 160,000 independent cotton farmers in sustainable farming methods across three of its key sourcing countries by the end of 2022.
  • Primark opened its biggest ever store in Birmingham in April 2019. This store occupies a retail space of 160,000 sq ft, spread over five floors and is home to a number of exciting in-store experiences.
  • Primark launched glitter products made using Bioglitter™ – an eco-friendly alternative to traditional glitter. Primark launched the PS... Naturals range, a collection of vegan skincare products which have been registered with the Vegan Society.
  • The Supply Chain Excellence Awards named Primark’s Packaging Optimisation Programme as the winner of the ‘Environmental Improvement’ award. The programme has contributed to a reduction in CO2 emissions across its whole supply chain as a result of less packaging being produced, transported and processed as waste.
  • Primark opened its first store in Ljubljana, Slovenia in June 2019.
2018
  • Primark introduces Sustainable Cotton Programme into Pakistan in partnership with agricultural experts, CottonConnect, and local NGO REEDS (the Rural Education and Economic Development Society)
  • Primark awarded Leaping Bunny status by Cruelty Free International confirming Primark’s own-brand cosmetics range is not tested on animals.
  • Primark announced its participation in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative, which aims to radically redesign the fashion industry by creating a circular economy for fashion around the world.
  • Primark banned the use of mohair in any of the products sold in its stores.
  • Primark publishes information about its suppliers’ factories on its website including details such as factory names, addresses, number of workers and gender split of the workforce.
2017
  • Primark’s Sustainable Cotton Programme wins three awards at the Hermes Retail Week Supply Chain Awards including the overall ‘Grand Prix’ Award for Supply Chain innovation in the retail sector.
  • Primark launched its first sustainable cotton products – women’s pyjamas - using cotton purchased directly from female farmers participating in its Sustainable Cotton Programme.
  • Primark confirmed its ongoing participation in the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety which was renewed for a second term on expiry of the existing agreement in May 2018.
2016
  • Primark announced the start of a new partnership with the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) to improve working conditions for garment workers in developing markets.
  • Primark extended its Sustainable Cotton Programme for another six years to reach an additional 10,000 female smallholders in Gujarat, India.
  • Primark joined the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (Textilbündnis), further underlining its long-standing commitment towards achieving social, environmental and economic improvements throughout the textile supply chain, a goal shared with the Textilbündnis.
  • Primark signs up to the UK’s Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) and the European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP).
  • Primark opened its first store in Arese, Italy.
  • Primark’s Sustainable Cotton Programme wins ‘Best Contribution To Corporate Responsibility’ at the CIPS and Supply Management awards
  • The Corporate Engagement Awards (CEA) named Primark’s Sustainable Cotton. Programme as its ‘Grand Prix’ winner. The CEA also awarded Primark Gold in both the Best Collaborative Approach and Best Environmental or Sustainable Programme categories.
  • Primark’s Sustainable Cotton Programme wins Environmental Initiative Accolade at the Edie Environment & Energy Awards.
2015
  • Primark completed long-term compensation payments to the workers, or their dependents, of Primark’s supplier, New Wave Bottoms, who died or were injured as a result of the Rana Plaza building collapse.
  • Primark opened its first store in Boston, the northeast of America.
  • Primark joined the ZDHC Group to work collaboratively with the industry to manage chemicals in the supply chain.
  • Primark joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) as part of its commitment to reduce the impact that it has on the environment and improve supply chain sustainability across the industry.
2013
  • On the 24th of April, the Rana Plaza building, in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed. Primark was one of 28 brands sourcing from one of the many factories in the building. Primark’s supplier, New Wave Bottoms, occupied the second floor of the eight-storey building. Primark immediately responded with aid and financial compensation for everyone in the building.
  • Primark signed the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, initiated by the IndustriALL and UNI Global Unions.
  • In June, Primark began a structural survey programme on all its suppliers in Bangladesh.
  • Primark announced the expansion of its partnership with Newlife Foundation across Europe, where it donates all its unsold clothing in the UK and Ireland to Newlife, who sort and recycle these clothes to raise funds for the important work that the charity does.
  • Primark opened its first store in Marseilles, France.
  • Primark created the Primark Sustainable Cotton Programme with agricultural experts CottonConnect and the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA). The programme trains female smallholder farmers in Gujarat, India, to grow more sustainable cotton and ultimately improve their livelihoods through increased income.
  • Primark signed up to Greenpeace’s Detox Programme and commits to work with industry and stakeholders to eliminate certain chemicals from its supply chain by 2020. 
2012
  • Primark opened its first store in Innsbruck, Austria.
  • Primark’s Director of Ethical Trade and Environmental Sustainability, Katharine Stewart, receives the “Game Changer” award from Business in the Community.
2011
  • Primark partnered with BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) in Bangladesh, to implement BSR’s HERhealth Programme in a number of Primark's supplier's factories.
  • Primark was awarded “Leader” status by the Ethical Trading Initiative.
2010
  • Primark launched an initiative with the Newlife Foundation. The Newlife Foundation supports disabled and terminally ill children, and their families, across the UK.
2009
  • Primark opened its first stores in:
    • Lisbon, Portugal
    • Bremen, Germany
    • Liege, Belgium
2008
  • Primark entered a partnership with the Carbon Trust to help reduce its energy consumption in store.
  • In June, BBC One broadcasted Panorama: ‘Primark on the Rack’. The programme claimed to show three young boys being used to manufacture clothes sold by Primark. Primark complained and the BBC apologised for using faked footage and the BBC Trust made the statement that the programme should never have been broadcast.
  • Primark opened its first store in The Netherlands.
2006
  • Primark joined the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers' rights around the globe.
  • Primark opened its first store in Madrid, Spain.
1973
  • Primark opened its first store in the UK, in Derby.
1969
  • Primark opened its first store in Dublin, Ireland, branded as “Penneys”.