Redesigning the fashion chain

In the week of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the largest sustainable fashion event in the world, Instituto C&A (C&A Foundation in Brazil) talked to Luísa Santiago, Brazilian representative of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, about the concept of circular economy.This week, the Co…

Making a case for dispute resolution

New research from Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) has explored the impact of Myanmar's labour dispute resolution system, as the country continues to open its borders to international supply chains.The system was established in 2012 to protect and enforce the rights and o…

The power of transparency

How do you champion transparency in an opaque and complex industry? And can you leverage that transparency to effect real change for workers?"These are questions C&A Foundation is increasingly looking at through its grants and partnerships", says Jill Tucker, Head of Supply Chain…

A chance to be kids again

As governments struggle to cope with unprecedented numbers of people seeking asylum across the continent, processing shelters remain focused on the very basics. Resources are channelled into meals and a bed, and in many countries, there is little knowledge or experience in caring…

Calling out working conditions

A pioneering platform built by LaborVoices Inc., supported by C&A Foundation, has exposed risks and best practices in the Turkish apparel industry by giving workers a chance to speak out about their working conditions, including verbal abuse, cleanliness and hygiene, and working…

Mapping the public data landscape in apparel

We live in the age of information, but making sure data is useful, and not disclosed purely for disclosure's sake, is a challenge. That's especially true in the apparel sector, where information about supply chains and factories remains patchy.This week saw an important attempt t…

Are you up for the Charity Cup Challenge?

This spring, C&A Europe is calling on kids and customers to have fun – and do some good for Save the Children – through the C&A Charity Cup Challenge.The 'cup song' has swept across schools and social media in recent years. A quick YouTube search brings up thousands of videos of…

Could we be a step closer to ending child labour?

For years, brands and retailers have operated with the uncomfortable knowledge that their supply chains are not as 'clean' as they would like. Child labour is still happening within the apparel sector, especially at the bottom of the supply chain and with home-based work - but ta…

Working with Indigenous Artisan Women in Mexico

For the past two years, C&A Foundation has been partnering with C&A to celebrate women through a campaign called Inspiring Women. Over a period of a few weeks each year, C&A colleagues are encouraged to share stories of the women that have inspired them. For each story shared, C&…

What incentivises sustainable fashion: Lessons from entrepreneurs

An estimated 75 million people are now employed by the apparel industry. It's a number that has almost quadrupled in the last 15 years. With this exponential growth, the not-so-hidden costs of fashion too have increased. But while critics say that changing company behaviour simpl…