Brazil 

C&A Brazil has played a leading role in the Brazilian retail market, including on sustainability issues. We’ve reported on sustainability since 2010, and were the first fashion retailer in the country to report in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines. We were also the first company in Brazil to have an eco-store with LEED certification for sustainable buildings, and the first to disclose its supplier list. We have been monitoring our supply chain since 2006, and contributed to the creation of the ABVTEX (Brazilian Association of Textile Retailers) Qualification Program for Retail Suppliers, which aims to ensure suitable labour conditions for workers employed by suppliers and their subcontractors.

 

The Brazilian textile supply chain is complex, informal and fragmented, with hundreds of suppliers and subcontractors. Suppliers may work with up to 20 different sewing workshops, which reduces visibility into the extended supply chain. These subcontractors are often small entities operating in residential areas and lack strict building and fire safety practices. Some of them, especially in large cities, employ immigrant workers from Bolivia and Paraguay, who often work illegally in unsafe conditions, and without a full understanding of their labour rights. We’re working hard to ensure this does not happen in C&A Brazil’s supply chain.

 

The Brazilian textile supply chain is complex, informal and fragmented, with hundreds of suppliers and subcontractors. Suppliers may work with up to 20 different sewing workshops, which reduces visibility into the extended supply chain. These subcontractors are often small entities operating in residential areas and lack strict building and fire safety practices. Some of them, especially in large cities, employ immigrant workers from Bolivia and Paraguay, who often work illegally in unsafe conditions, and without a full understanding of their labour rights. We’re working hard to ensure this does not happen in C&A Brazil’s supply chain.

Sustainable Products

  • Although a high quantity of Better Cotton is grown in Brazil, few Brazilian retailers buy and use it in their clothes, so most of it is currently exported. Working with our biggest spinners, we have accelerated uptake significantly in just over two years, increasing the number of BCI members in our Brazilian supply chain by 180% and inspiring other brands to begin sourcing Better Cotton.
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  • In 2017, C&A Brazil brought to market our revolutionary GOLD level Cradle-to-Cradle CertifiedTM T-shirts, reaching 14 million people through newspapers, magazines and online.
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  • C&A Brazil launched a pilot to understand how our Forest & Fabric policy can be implemented in its domestic supply chains, and found that suppliers’ management systems needed to be improved in order to comply. We plan further rollout of the approach in our Brazilian supply chain in 2018.
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  • C&A Brazil launched a pilot in-store take-back programme, Movimento ReCiclo, in 2017. In just five months, 31 stores collected 1,076 garments for reuse or recycling.
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  • We have shared responsibility for taking back and disposing of the cell phones and batteries we sell in Brazil. In 2017, a total of 40,736 items were collected in our stores.
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  • We were recognised with the Eco AMCHAM Award, one of the most prestigious sustainability prizes in Brazil, for our work on more sustainable cotton.
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Sustainable Supply 

  • C&A Brazil has had an audit programme since 2006. Today, we continue to ensure our suppliers and authorised subcontractors comply with the social and environmental standards in our global Supplier Code of Conduct, which is sometimes higher than the local legal requirements.
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  • During 2017, 57 suppliers and subcontractors from C&A Brazil’s supply chain joined the Value in Chain project. The course, supported by Instituto C&A and UniEthos, teaches participants about management, leadership, finance and sustainability. 59% of participants increased their sales after completing the course, and 41% reduced their energy consumption.
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  • We are also part of a supplier certification programme managed by the Brazilian Association of Textile Retailers (ABVTEX), which monitors suppliers on social responsibility and labour conditions. And we continue with a 'green light' on NGO Repórter Brasil’s app 'Moda Livre' that monitors how Brazilian retailers improve labour conditions.
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  • In 2017, Instituto C&A worked with local NGO partner Missão Paz to help 2,673 immigrant workers obtain the documents they needed to live and work legally in Brazil.
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  • Instituto C&A partnered with non-profit centre Centro de Apoio e Pastoral do Migrante, that supports immigrants. Together, they helped 3,712 immigrants register as Brazilian residents and made 906 visits to factories and homes to provide advice on social welfare and labour conditions.
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  • We were the first Brazilian retailer to engage suppliers in chemical safety issues and are rolling out our Sustainable Chemicals Management approach in the region.
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Sustainable Lives

  • In 2017, we were delighted to be recognised by our Brazilian customers as the most sustainable retail fashion brand for the third year in a row.
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  • We integrated communications on the Employee Code of Ethics into our induction process for new employees, training 4,849 employees in 2017.
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  • C&A Brazil ran a full employee engagement survey in 2017. The number of participants taking the survey was 11,564, and 87% of employees said they felt proud of C&A’s contribution on the community, society and environment.
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  • Our survey partner Hay Group placed C&A Brazil in their P75 group of companies following our high employee engagement scores on sustainability – meaning that we are ranked in the top 25% of companies in Brazil on this issue.
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  • In August 2017 we created a Diversity Committee, which will work on diversity across ethnic origin, gender and LGBTQ+.
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  • In partnership with Instituto C&A, our head office volunteering programme continued into its second successful year. A record 157 employees took part – more than double the number in 2016 – supporting five NGOs that help women, immigrants, refugees and fashion entrepreneurs.
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  • We launched #VistaAMudança (#WearTheChange), our first global, multi-channel sustainability communications campaign, in Brazil in April 2018.
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