Making Sustainable Fashion the New Normal Global Sustainability Report 2018

At C&A, we believe everyone should be able to look and feel good every day, while supporting a good quality of life for those who make our clothes and a healthy planet. We want our customers to trust us to do the right thing, so they can buy our products without having to choose between what’s sustainable and what’s not.

Inspiring World

65% of C&A employees worldwide participated in our Inspiring World campaign, demonstrating their pride in our company, values, and efforts to make the world a better place

Transparency in focus

We have publicly disclosed our tier-1 and tier-2 suppliers’ factories worldwide. 46% of the workers in our supply chain work in top-rated factories

Fewer natural resources

Through our sourcing of more sustainable cotton, we have reduced blue water consumption by 51% (blue water is the fresh surface water or groundwater used to grow a crop or produce goods)

Driving more sustainable cotton

We are the world’s largest buyer of organic cotton. 71% of the cotton we source is certified organic or Better Cotton – taking us closer to our 2020 goal of 100%

Towards a new normal

We are working towards a vision of the new normal – where sustainability is just another word for normal. To achieve our vision of fashion with a positive impact, our sustainability work is focused on the areas that are most relevant to our business and where we can have the biggest impact - our products, our supply chain, and people’s lives.

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Sustainable Products


Sourcing and producing our clothing in a way that respects people, the environment, and animals. Pioneering circular fashion by designing clothing with its next use in mind.


Sustainable Supply


Making a positive impact on our sourcing communities by ensuring that the people who make our clothes are safe and treated fairly. Supporting a clean environment wherever we operate.


Sustainable Lives


Empowering our customers, supporting the livelihoods of the workers in our supply chain, and engaging our employees as sustainability ambassadors.


Applying our influence for positive change

C&A is one of the most enduring and pioneering retailers in global apparel. We provide quality and affordable clothing to 3.5 million store visitors every day. With approximately 51,000 employees worldwide and more than 1 million apparel workers in our supply chain, we recognise our influence and our responsibility to use it for positive change throughout the industry.

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