Data for better design

Information is power when it comes to reducing the environmental impact of our industry, and a new and improved tool from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is helping product designers to make better, less impactful choices at the product development stage. The SAC's revamp…

Social entrepreneur inspires Sri Lanka’s garment workers to “Stand Up” for rights

Shirone Kaushalya makes leather jackets. But she rarely sees the finished product.The 30-year-old woman uses a hammer to pound on the ridges and bumps of raw leather until it is smooth enough for stitching. Then she hands the flattened material to the next station in production a…

Cyclone Vardah: Supporting Save the Children’s emergency response in India

India Cyclone Vardah made landfall in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on 12th December 2016 and moved progressively towards Tamil Nadu coast and Chennai. The cyclone has left a trail of destruction across 5 districts: Nellore and Chittor in Andhra Pradesh and Chennai, Tiruvallur an…

Cultivating a new generation of organic farmers

In November 2015, a new chapter was unveiled in the history of one of India's premier agriculture universities - the Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya (JNKVV) - as it launched a one of a kind programme on organic farming in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Organic Certific…

BRAC and BGMEA support Bangladeshi factory mapping

BRAC University (BRACU) and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) have signed a groundbreaking agreement to support the collection of credible, comprehensive and accurate data about the ready-made garment (RMG) industry. They have also agreed to…

Cotton2Cloth: Fashion industry players discuss transparency

'Truth never damages a cause that is just.' With these words, Leslie Johnston, C&A Foundation Executive Director, opened the conference Cotton2Cloth: Transparency in the Apparel Industry, held in Negombo, Sri Lanka from 5 – 8 December 2016.The meeting, co-hosted by C&A Foundation…

Weaving the #FabricofChange: the moral crisis of fast fashion.

Each year, 80 billion pieces of clothing are purchased across the globe, which is 400% more than 10 years ago. Unsurprisingly these sales constitute a major financial market. The fashion brand Christian Dior is one of the biggest companies in the world - last year their sales tot…

Call for Proposals - Drip Pool Programme Gujarat

C&A Foundation is looking for an organisation to develop a case study to document the lessons learned from the Drip Pool Programme for Cotton in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat, India. Completed proposals must be submitted to sustainablecotton@candafoundation.org by 05.30 PM, Th…

Triple Pundit kicks off series on forced labour

Despite decades -- centuries even -- of global efforts, forced and bonded labour can still be found around the world and throughout various supply chains. C&A Foundation has teamed up with Triple Pundit to explore the different types of forced and bonded labour and highlight indu…

Ready when disaster strikes

Population migration in recent decades has left Indian cities bursting at the seams. At the last census, 76 million people were living in urban slums - more than 8 million of them were children under six years old. C&A Foundation and Save the Children India are asking the questio…