C&A is one of the most enduring and pioneering retailers in global apparel – a leading retail fashion business, providing quality, affordable clothing to millions of customers each year. With about 51,000 employees worldwide, the C&A brand is present in 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. C&A is part of the COFRA Group. C&A AG has its global headquarters 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.
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.
To achieve this change, however, we must go beyond the fashion industry alone. In 2020, C&A Foundation became part of the newly launched Laudes Foundation. An independent foundation and a part of the Brenninkmeijer family enterprise, Laudes Foundation aims to address the dual crises of climate breakdown and inequality by accelerating the transition to an inclusive and regenerative economy. Laudes Foundation continues and advances C&A Foundation’s pioneering programmatic work in fashion, also building on the experiences of its flagship initiative Fashion for Good, but has extended this work to include the built environment and the financial sectors.
C&A At a Glance