C&A is one of the most enduring and pioneering retailers in global apparel. A leading retail fashion business, providing quality, affordable clothing to 100 million customers each year. With nearly 60,000 employees worldwide, our retail business encompasses 21 countries in Europe, Brazil, Mexico and China.
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 176 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 to the community, society and environment.
From the beginning, we focused on making ready-to-wear, quality clothing available to everyone. Since 2000, C&A has brought affordable, quality fashion to a new country every year. 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 C&A Foundation's 2016 Annual Report.
C&A at a glance