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 about 51,000 employees worldwide, our retail business encompasses 18 countries in Europe, as well as Brazil, Mexico, and China.
Since our 1841 founding by Clemens and August Brenninkmeijer in Sneek, Holland, C&A has been defining the way people choose and buy their clothes. Today, 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 contributions to society.
From the beginning, we have focused on making ready-to-wear, quality clothing available to everyone. Now, we’re building on this vision to offer beautiful, sustainable clothing, at a price point that works for everyone. Together, our cornerstone commitment – for all our cotton to be more sustainable by 2020 – and our focus on circular apparel, are creating fashion with a positive impact for people and the environment.
Making sustainable fashion the new normal
We are calling on other fashion brands to join our journey towards a future where circular fashion becomes the standard. As an industry, we have an opportunity to move away from the current ‘take, make, waste’ model to a circular approach where nothing is wasted in the creation or disposal of clothing. C&A’s goal is to foster the adoption of these innovations across our supply chain and to provide our cradle-to-cradle innovations to the wider industry for far-reaching positive change.
Our corporate foundation complements our global sustainability strategy to create a fair and sustainable apparel industry in which everyone – from farmer to factory worker – can thrive. In this way and others, we collaborate with C&A Foundation to make fashion a force for good. C&A Foundation initiatives work broadly across the entire apparel industry towards systemic change in social and environmental impacts. For more information, visit the C&A Foundation website or read the C&A Foundation 2018 Annual Report.
C&A At a Glance