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Rated: It's a start

price: $$$$

location: Belgium

C&A uses eco-friendly materials but is not taking adequate steps to ensure payment of a living wage for its workers.

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Overall rating: It's a start

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C&A's environment rating is 'good'. It uses a medium proportion of eco-friendly materials including Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) cotton. It has set a science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated from its own operations and supply chain but there is no evidence it is on track to meet its target. It implements water reduction initiatives in its supply chain. It has a policy to protect biodiversity in its supply chain.

Its labour rating is 'it's a start'. Some of its supply chain is certified by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). It received a score of 61-70% in the 2021 Fashion Transparency Index. There is no evidence it implements practices to support diversity and inclusion in its supply chain. There is no evidence it ensures payment of a living wage in most of its supply chain. It does not disclose adequate policies or safeguards to protect workers in its supply chain from the impacts of Covid-19.

Its animal rating is 'not good enough'. It has a formal animal welfare policy aligned with Five Freedoms and has some clear mechanisms to implement. It uses leather and exotic animal hair. It has a policy to source wool from non-mulesed sheep but does not provide evidence on how it is implemented. It uses down certified by the Responsible Down Standard. It does not use fur, exotic animal skin or angora. It traces some animal products to the first stage of production.

C&A is rated 'It's a start' overall.

Last updated February 2022