At C&A Foundation we believe in the importance of research and data.

Here you will find all resources that have been commissioned by C&A Foundation.

Life Cycle Assessment of Cotton Cultivation Systems

In order to broaden the understanding of environmental impacts, C&A Foundation commissioned a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Better Cotton, conventional cotton and organic cotton cultivation systems, according to the principles of the ISO 14040/44 and to document the results. LCA is a recognized tool to measure and quantify the environmental impacts of production systems or products, also aid to discover improvement potentials.

Key Lessons on Collective Bargaining in Bangladesh’s Apparel Sector

C&A Foundation commissioned a consultant to develop a process document- key lessons on collective bargaining from Bangladesh’s apparel sector, that captures the effectiveness of CBAs as a tool for worker empowerment and a responsible supply chain resulting in a more sustainable fashion industry.

Social and Economic Impact Assessment of Cotton Farming in Madhya Pradesh

C&A Foundation commissioned the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and its partner Outline India to design and implement a social impact assessment on the characteristics of cotton farming in Madhya Pradesh, India.

Social, Economic & Environmental Impact Assessment of Cotton Farming in Madhya Pradesh

This combined report is the result of two studies commissioned by C&A Foundation on cotton farming in Madhya Pradesh, India. The American Institutes for Research (AIR) and its partner Outline India designed and conducted a social impact assessment, while Thinkstep India focused on an environmental impact assessment.

The Transition to Good Fashion

Together, with our partner Fashion for Good, we asked the systems change research institute, DRIFT, to develop a study the root causes of persistent problems in the fashion industry and to identify the potential patterns, pressures and levers related to transformative change.

Governance for the Circular Economy

In the “Governance for the Circular Economy” report, Origame explores the conditions and dynamics for governance with global thought leaders and circular economy innovators.

2018 Organic Cotton Market Report

The 2018 Organic Cotton Market Report from Textile Exchange is filled with data and analytics, alongside the ever-popular country roundups and bite-sized, yet totally inspiring, stories from the organic field.

Cotton Up: Guide to Sourcing Sustainable Cotton

CottonUP a practical guide to sourcing more sustainable cotton. The guide was created with the vision of a cotton industry that is a force for good for workers, and the environment along the entire supply chain

Drip Pool Programme: Innovative Community-Managed Finance Mechanism

C&A Foundation’s Drip Pool Programme highlights the importance of agro ecological initiatives and industry-wide collaboration in improving the livelihoods of smallholder and marginal Indian farmers while addressing environmental challenges.

From Boycott to Boom? A Socio-Environmental Map of Myanmar’s Garment Industry in 2016

The C&A Foundation commissioned Impactt – a consultancy specialising in ethical trade, human rights, and labour standards – to look at the socio-environmental impact of the dramatic growth of Myanmar's garment industry.

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 obligations of workers and employers across industries, and has been used to good effect in the garment sector.

PAN report on cotton’s chemical addiction

Cotton supports around 100 million rural families across the globe; it provides employment and income, and the garment industry depends on it. But cotton has its problems: it has been associated with everything from forced and child labour to pesticide poisoning of farmers and their families and environmental pollution. A number of high profile initiatives are tackling the problems, but there is still much to do and data is sketchy.

Report urges for national injury insurance

A new report from the University of Sussex, titled Workers’ Right to Compensation after Garment Factory Disasters: Making Rights a Reality calls for the changes that are needed to secure compensation of workers as a right, rather than as a form of charity.

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 simply isn't profitable, social innovators are proving that there are imaginative and practical ways to get factories and brands on board.

Insights from China's Textile Manufacturers

The fashion industry is cleaning up, and so are Chinese textile manufacturers. Right now there is an opportunity to lay the foundations for a clean and circular business model in China. A new report by China Water Risk has found that the shift is happening, but not as fast as it could.

Yangon's garment sector workforce

In May 2017, C&A Foundation commissioned Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation and Andaman Research & Advisory to undertake a study of the garment sector workforce. C&A Foundation and its partners recognized there was a lack of a strong quantitative evidence on the demographics and economic standing of garment sector workers. The report seeks to provide a first step towards understanding who Myanmar garment workers are, their lives, and how organizations can work to empower them.