C&A has a long-standing commitment to high standards of animal welfare. We believe that animals should be treated with care, respect and dignity, as per the Five Freedoms. We work hard with partners and our suppliers to make this approach is standard across our supply chain. This involves focusing on all the raw materials involved in the production of our clothing.
Our policy on animal welfare states that we:
Our approach is collaborative, we work hand in hand with others who are tackling similar issues. We set, define and implement industry level solutions with animal welfare organisations, fellow brands, retailers, our suppliers and independent auditors.
We also listen – welcoming challenges and criticism that can help us improve. Ensuring high standards of animal welfare means that the apparel industry must be accountable for the promises we make.
For the last 10 years, we have worked hard to eradicate animal welfare issues from our supply chain. We started banning fur in the 1990s and have been a Fur Free Retailer since 2013. We spent much of 2016 reaching our target of 100% RDS-certified down. Our 2016 animal welfare policy brings our work together and underlines our strong commitment to how animals are cared for in our supply chain.
We have banned:
Read our animal welfare policy here
Making strides in policy and responsible down
We’ve made big strides in 2016, launching a new Animal Welfare Policy and achieving our goal of moving to 100% RDS-certified products globally that means we can ensure good standards of welfare in our down and feather supply chain.
Listening, investigating and taking action
We are constantly seeking to improve our practices. When legitimate concerns are raised, we take them extremely seriously. We listen and investigate to ensure the necessary action is taken. For example, when we discovered violations in our angora wool supply chain in 2013, we eliminated it from our entire product range because the supply chain was opaque and we understood that it would be difficult for us to ensure animal welfare in the process. Our Animal Welfare Policy seeks to make our standards and commitments clear.