Awards Recognising our commitments

We want to do the right thing for our business and inspire and challenge others in our industry to embrace a sustainable vision. We don’t work on sustainability to win awards, but we’re always delighted when our efforts are recognised externally. 

In 2017:

  • We were recognised as the world’s largest purchaser of organic cotton for the fifth year, and the number one buyer of preferred (ecologically and/or socially progressive) man-made cellulosic fibres by Textile Exchange.
  • We were ranked third in the 2017 Sustainable Cotton Ranking commissioned by WWF, Solidaridad and Pesticide Action Network UK, who assessed 75 brands on their practices to source sustainable cotton.
  • We were awarded the prestigious Sustainable Innovation of the Year Award at the 2017 Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards in London, for our GOLD level Cradle-to-Cradle CertifiedTM products.
  • We were selected as a Finalist for The Circulars 2018 in The Accenture Strategy Award in the Circular Economy Multinational category.
  • We were recognised for our leadership in preventing forced and bonded labour by the Thomson Reuters Foundation through the Stop Slavery Award 2017.
  • We were ranked the eighth most praised company by activists in the 2017 Sigwatch Report on Activism Trends, alongside companies such as Unilever and Nestle.
  • We were placed in the top 10 most transparent brands in the 2018 Fashion Revolution Transparency Index.
  • C&A Brazil was recognised with the Eco AMCHAM Award, one of the most prestigious sustainability prizes in Brazil, for our work on more sustainable cotton.


Stop Slavery Award

In November 2017, C&A was awarded the prestigious Stop Slavery Award by Thomson Reuters Foundation at its fifth annual Trust Conference in London. The award aims to demonstrate that businesses can play a critical role in putting an end to forced and bonded labour worldwide, and is given to companies that are taking concrete steps in this area.


C&A was presented with the award in 2017 for our best-in-class demonstration of integrity and innovation in detecting, preventing and remediating forced labour in our supply chain. We were described by the jury as “exemplary” for the transparency used to address and resolve supply chain issues, and praised for embedding anti-slavery into our overall business practice.


We are proud to receive this recognition for our work, but we recognise there is much more to be done to eliminate forced and bonded labour in the apparel value chain.

Read more about the Stop Slavery Award 2017