Making Sustainable Fashion the New Normal Global Sustainability Report 2017

At C&A, we believe everyone should be able to look and feel good every day, without compromising the quality of life of those who make our clothes, or the planet we source from. 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.

Driving more sustainable cotton

We are the world's largest buyer of organic cotton. 67% of the cotton we source is certified organic or Better Cotton - taking us closer to our 2020 goal of 100%

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Transparency in focus

We have publicly disclosed our tier-1 and tier-2 suppliers’ factories worldwide. 55% of the workers in our supply chain work in top-rated factories

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Circular fashion first

We have brought over 1.3 million pieces of our revolutionary Cradle-to-Cradle CertifiedTM apparel to market across the world.  The most sustainable collection in the industry.

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Fewer natural resources

Through our sourcing of more sustainable cotton, we have reduced water consumption by 43% when compared with conventional cotton

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Inspired by women

78% of C&A employees from Brazil, Mexico and our sourcing countries participated in our Inspiring Women campaign to promote gender equality

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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 transforming our employees into sustainability ambassadors.


Caring for generations

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

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