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CARRIER BAG POLICY


It is a legal requirement for retailers to charge a minimum of 5p for all single use plastic carrier bags provided in England and for single use paper and plastic carrier bags provided in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This is to help reduce the environmental impact of single use bags and encourage consumers to opt for reusable bags.

In England, Wales and Scotland retailers are encouraged to donate all, or part of, the charges to good causes. For our own stores, Clarks has decided to donate all of the money from these charges to charity, with a preference for charities which help to get people walking independently.

For our franchise stores*, the majority have opted to support Clarks policy of donating all the carrier bag funds to good causes and will be donating to a local charity of the store's choice. In Northern Ireland, the legislation requires all charges to be given to the NI Department of Environment to help deliver local projects to improve the environment.

Details of the number of bags sold and revenues for the period of 7th April 2016 to 6th April 2017 are provided below. This will be updated in April 2018.

ENGLAND

 

Number of Carrier Bags Sold

Gross Revenue

VAT

Net Revenue

All Clarks stores in England

4,460,384

£223,019.23

£44,603.48

£178,415.74

Clarks owned stores

4,173,738

£208,686.93

£41,737.38

£166,949.54

Franchise stores

286,646

£14,332.30

£2,866.10

£11,466.20

SCOTLAND

 

Number of Carrier Bags Sold

Gross Revenue

VAT

Net Revenue

All Clarks stores in Scotland

375,183

£18,759.15

£3,751.83

£15,007.32

WALES

 

Number of Carrier Bags Sold

Gross Revenue

VAT

Net Revenue

All Clarks stores in Wales

196,625

£9,831.25

£1,966.25

£7,865.00

Clarks owned stores

174,250

£8,712.50

£1,742.50

£6,970.00

Franchise stores

22,375

£1,118.75

£223.75

£895.00

Behaving responsibly is important to us and comes as second nature, click here to find out more on our corporate responsibility policies.

*In England, businesses with less than 250 employees (such as our franchise partners) are not required to charge for a bag but may choose to do so.