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Welcome to Argos, part of Home Retail Group.

Home Retail Group is the market leader in the home and general merchandise market. More information on Home Retail Group can be found on its corporate website, www.homeretailgroup.com (this is a separate website and will open a new window), including sections on investor relations, media centre, corporate responsibility and careers.

Here, you can read a brief introduction to Argos, understand our corporate responsibility policies and learn a little about our charitable partner.

About Argos

Founded in 1973, Argos is a unique catalogue retailer recognised for choice, value and convenience. It sells general merchandise and products for the home from over 35 stores in the Republic of Ireland and over 690 stores in the UK with total sales of £4.3 billion in the last financial year.

Argos opened its first stores in the Republic in January 1996 in Limerick, Nutgrove and Dublin. In 2005, Argos launched its Irish website, www.argos.ie, which now has over 20,000 products online.

Argos is already one of the largest retail employers in the country with around 1,400 employees.

More information on Argos can be found on www.homeretailgroup.com (this is a separate website and will open a new window).

Corporate responsibility (‘Responsible retailing’)

Details of our corporate responsibility policy can be found on www.thebasisofgoodbusiness.com (this link will open in a new window) The site includes information on:

  • ‘keeping clean and green’ - how we deal with environmental issues such as waste management and energy consumption
  • ‘shopping for tomorrow’ – we are extending our product range to help you make more responsible choices, conserve resources and save money
  • ‘sourcing with care’ – we provide details of our timber sourcing policy; chemical strategy and ethical trading conditions in our supply chain
  • ‘being a good neighbour’ – how we support the local and national communities in which we operate

These are just some of the practical ways in which we try to be socially, ethically and environmentally responsible

Easier shopping for customers with disabilities

We're committed to making our stores and services accessible to everyone. If you need any help shopping with us, please give us a call on 0044 845 640 3030 or ask in store and we'll do everything we can to make things easier. You can also contact our 'minicom' service on 0044 845 640 0755 but you will need a text phone to access this service.

Argos and the environment

At Argos we believe in taking a responsible approach to our environment and our local communities. We're committed to reducing the impact our business has on the environment as well as helping you to do the same. We're working hard to reduce the amount of resources we use and the amount of CO2 emissions we produce.

Some of our recent achievements

  • 87% of the waste from the business was recycled
  • Home Retail Group plc ( the owner of Argos) has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard which certifies that we have genuinely reduced our carbon footprint
    Carbon Trust
  • We’ve achieved a 45% reduction in carrier bags this year (against 2005/06)
  • 85% reduction in waste sent to landfill sites
  • 91% wood is sourced from sustainable or known and legal sources

Our future commitments

  • Reduce landfill tonnage by 17% vs 2010/11
  • Achieve recycling rates of over 87%
  • Achieve 60% reduction in the consumption of carrier bags (vs 2005)
  • Reduce total waste tonnage by 6% vs 2010/11
  • Reduce packaging on a fifth of the product range, targeting a 3,000 tonne saving over the three years 2008/09 and 2011/12
  • Achieve a further 2% reduction in energy consumption (kWh/sq ft) year on year
  • Reduce our energy consumption by 40% by 2020( vs 2006)

We believe that working to meet these objectives is the best way to live up to your expectations of us as a retailer, enhance our reputation and manage our resources effectively in the face of rising costs.

For more information on how we operate in a responsible and sustainable way, take a look at our corporate responsibility pages at www.thebasisofgoodbusiness.com (this link will open in a new window)

Argos and recycling
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Catalogues

With your help, we’re reducing the impact our business has on the environment

Did you know:

  • Your Argos catalogue is 100‰ recyclable
  • We source* the paper from sustainably managed forests and controlled sources
  • Our old catalogues are particularly sought after by newspaper print manufacturers

We'd love as many old catalogues as possible to be recycled, so when you're ready to pick up your new catalogue, please recycle your old one. You can visit your local recycling point or return it to your nearest store where we will be happy to recycle it for you.

You can find out more about recycling by visiting www.epa.ie/environment/what/waste/ (this is a separate website and will open a new window).

Waste packaging

Most waste packaging can be recycled. www.epa.ie/environment/what/waste/ (this is a separate website and will open a new window)has got lots of tips on what to do with waste packaging. Cardboard boxes are easy to squash flat and recycle!

Carrier bags

Please reuse your carrier bags as often as possible and when you've finished with them, look out for a local recycling scheme or dispose of them safely so that they don't cause a litter problem.

Battery recycling

Waste batteries including rechargeable batteries (of a type sold by Argos) can be taken back free of charge to any Republic of Ireland Argos Store. Look out for the special container in our stores. You don’t have to make a purchase when returning old batteries. All waste batteries must be recycled and shouldn't be placed in your waste disposal or recycling bins, so do make sure that you always recycle all your old batteries

Electrical products

You may dispose of your old electrical items free of charge by returning them to any Republic of Ireland Argos store, subject to the following conditions:

  • For every product to be disposed of free of charge, you must purchase a new electrical item from Argos
  • The electrical item to be disposed of must be of an equivalent type or have the same function to the item purchased, e.g. a kettle for a kettle
  • The disposed electrical item must not present a health and safety risk to the store staff
  • Some products are excluded from this offer, e.g. household lighting
  • You can return your old electrical item up to 15 days from the date of purchase of the new item, or if it was delivered to you, up to 30 days from the date of purchase
  • You must show the original receipt for your new electrical item when returning the old electrical item in-store
  • Business customers are excluded from this offer
  • If you are having a large electrical appliance delivered we will usually give you at least 24 hours notice of delivery of the new appliance, and at the same time offer to take away the old disconnected appliance, on the same day. If we do not give this notice, then we will arrange a collection within 15 days. If we give notice and your appliance is not ready, or you decline the collection, you have up to 30 days to return it yourself to the Store for disposal

Before you decide to dispose of your old electrical equipment, please make every effort to arrange for its re-use, especially if it is still in working order.

Argos in the community

Teenage Cancer Trust Argos is proud to be supporting Teenage Cancer Trust until February 2013 after being chosen by an overwhelming majority in our staff vote. Together we will be helping more young people fight cancer by building specialist cancer units in NHS hospitals designed to feel like a ‘home from home’.

Teenage Cancer Trust

Teenage Cancer Trust believes teenagers shouldn’t stop being teenagers because they have cancer so we treat them as young people first, cancer patients second. We exist to improve the quality of life and chances of survival for the six young people aged between 13 and 24 diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK.

Teenage Cancer Trust fund and develop specialist units within NHS hospitals that bring young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts in an environment tailored to meet their needs. They are supported by Nurse Consultants who provide clinical care, develop research, deliver professional education and ensure that standards remain as high as possible.


The vision

We want to make sure every young cancer patient has access to the best possible care and professional support from the point of diagnosis.

Supporting the vision:

There are currently 18 Teenage Cancer Trust units across the UK. Argos colleagues and customers will help towards the funding of 14 new Teenage Cancer Trust units, helping to transform the lives of young people with cancer. All funds raised by Argos colleagues and customers in ROI will solely support the refurbishment of the St John’s Cancer Ward at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Teenage Cancer Trust is working in partnership with The Children’s Medical & Research Foundation at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, to create a positive environment for young people and their families, providing the best possible support in their fight against cancer.

You can help in the following ways:

  • Fundraising – Look out for fundraising activities in your local Argos store
  • In-store donation – Make a donation to Teenage Cancer Trust by simply ticking the box on the selection slip when buying in-store and one Euro will be added to your total.
  • Online donation – You can make an online donation now by using the donate now button below

Donate to Teenage Cancer Trust

For more information about Teenage Cancer Trust visit www.teenagecancertrust.org (this link will open in a new window) (Argos.ie is not reponsible for the content of external websites).

Community policy

As a major retailer we receive many requests for support from charities, community groups and not for profit organisations. To respond to these requests we have introduced a scheme in which three randomly selected organisations will benefit from a gift voucher donation of either £250 or £150 or £100 – every month. (Redeemable in Argos and Homebase stores). Find out more at www.thebasisofgoodbusiness.com (this link will open in a new window)

Stock Donations

We also receive many requests for donations of stock from local charities, community groups and not for profit organisations. In response to this kind of request we make an annual donation of stock to InKind Direct – a registered charity which manages the distribution of stock to a network of registered charities.

Volunteering

This year we are launching a volunteering programme in Argos to develop links between Argos stores and local secondary schools and help students to learn more about the world of work. The programme will be supported by our volunteering policy and colleagues will be able to request two paid days off per year to get involved and to give something back to their local communities.



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