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Primark Joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition

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Irish fast-fashion chain Primark has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and committed to using the group’s Higg Index to calculate the environmental performance of its products.

“By measuring sustainability performance, the industry can address inefficiencies, resolve damaging practices and achieve the environmental and social transparency that consumers are starting to demand,” the retailer said in a statement. “By joining forces in a coalition, we can address the urgent, systemic challenges that are impossible to change alone.”

SAC members, among them Target, Nike, Levi’s, H&M and Adidas, introduced the Higg Index in 2013 to help companies see how sustainable their supply chains are and identify areas that require improvement. All non-members, including the general public, can access an Excel version of the rating tool and keep tabs on how apparel brands and manufacturers measure up.

With this move, Primark has pledged to build on the sustainability processes it already has in place.

The retailer joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Group in August and promised to eliminate certain chemicals from its supply chain by 2020, and signed with Greenpeace’s Detox campaign in February 2014.

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