Founded by Clemens and August Brenninkmeijer in 1841 in Sneek, Holland, C&A has been defining the way people choose and buy their clothes for 177 years. The C&A retail business is part of the COFRA Group, headquartered in Zug, Switzerland.
Still family-owned after six generations, our values are deeply rooted. We want our customers to feel good about shopping at C&A, and our employees to feel proud of our contribution on the community, society and environment.
From the beginning, we focused on making ready-to-wear, quality clothing available to everyone. Now, we’re building on this vision by making beautiful, sustainable clothing, at a price point that works for everyone. Our cornerstone commitment, for all our cotton to be more sustainable by 2020 and our focus on circular apparel is creating fashion with a positive impact for people and the environment.
Convergence and amplification
We are calling on other fashion brands to join our journey towards a future where circular fashion becomes the standard reality. As an industry, we have an opportunity to move away from the current ‘take, make, waste’ model to a circular model. C&A’s goal is to foster the adoption of these innovations across our supply chain and to provide our Cradle-to-Cradle innovations in an open source to the wider industry to make change happen.
Our corporate foundation compliments our global sustainability strategy to create a fair and sustainable apparel industry in which everyone – from farmer to factory worker – can thrive, making fashion a force for good. C&A Foundation’s initiatives work broadly across the entire apparel industry to amplify the systemic change needed in the social and environmental conditions across the apparel industry. For more information, visit C&A Foundation's website or read the C&A Foundation 2017 Annual Report.
C&A at a glance