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