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PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS COTTON RANKING 2017

How is the company performing?

Score
59
Policy
17
Uptake
29.7
Traceability
12.4

Where is C&A Group on the journey to sustainable cotton?

Not yet started
Starting the journey
Well on the way C&A Group in 2016
Leading the way C&A Group in 2017
Company performance analysis
OVERALL

C&A scores 59 out of 100 points making it the third best performer and leading the way. The company is a member of various sector initiatives and organisations such as BCI, CmiA, OCA and Textile Exchange. It is one of the companies, together with its foundation, that appears to be making a big effort to create a more sustainable cotton sector.

POLICY

C&A’s goal for 2020 is for 100% of its cotton use to be more sustainable. The company has a comprehensive strategy for sustainable cotton sourcing with targets, policies and partnerships designed to reduce the impacts of cotton cultivation. C&A has long been committed to organic cotton and joined the BCI in 2016. Today, C&A is one of the biggest users of Better Cotton. C&A is committed to reducing its water footprint. In 2016 C&A set new goals to reduce water in the production of raw materials by 30% by 2020. Cotton is recycled through an in-store take-back programme, and C&A has started selling recycled denim jeggings made from pre-consumer waste. However, the company has no specific policy addressing the elimination of HHPs or biodiversity issues. C&A addresses human rights and labour issues in cotton cultivation through its membership of the BCI. The company has piloted a project in Turkey to investigate the degree of child labour in cotton cultivation in the country.

UPTAKE

C&A is one of the best performing companies for percentage of total volume of more sustainable cotton used. 53% of cotton sourced is organic or Better Cotton, of which 33% is organic cotton. The company has improved its uptake of more sustainable cotton compared to last year. In total, the company sourced around 63,000 MT of more sustainable cotton.

TRACEABILITY

In total, C&A sources 120,000 MT of cotton. C&A sources 90% of its Better Cotton from China, India, Pakistan, Brazil and the US. The company has improved traceability and now discloses more detail of its suppliers further up the supply chain. C&A publishes a list of all its tier-1 (cut and sew production units) and tier-2 suppliers (printing, laundries, and embroidery) across four regions; as well as a partial list of tier-3 suppliers (vertically integrated production units, including spinning, fabric production and dying). The company does not publish a list of its yarn suppliers.

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