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.
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.
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.
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.