As one of the world's largest garment exporters, Bangladesh has been both an example of progress and a hotspot for poor working conditions. Here, C&A Foundation is working to improve working conditions of factory workers and strengthen local communities, focusing particularly on empowering women and girls.
Every link in the apparel supply chain can be found in Brazil, and with them all the challenges as well. Home to one of our largest offices, Instituto C&A, each of C&A Foundation’s programmes are represented in the country. Here too, we work across our programmes to promote gender equality.
Europe is an important hub for circular economy. Most of our initiatives in Europe are focused on fostering a transition to circular fashion, encouraging innovation, collaboration, and out-of-the-box thinking. We also work in Europe to strengthening the communities where our corporate partner operates.
India is the world’s second largest producer of cotton and first in organic cotton. Our work in India focuses both on accelerating the growth of the organic cotton market, as well as tackling the systemic issues behind the forced and child labour that is often associated with cotton production. As in all regions, gender justice play a major role in our work in India.
As Mexico’s textile and apparel industry grows, so do the risks and challenges for garment workers. Through our Mexican office, Fundación C&A, we focus mainly on improving working conditions and eradicating forced and child labour, as well as on strengthening the communities where the factories, or maquilas, are located. A major focus of this work is empowering women workers.
Pakistan is one of the world’s largest producers of cotton, it’s current organic cotton production is small, but it’s potential is large. C&A Foundation focuses its work on extending the production of organic cotton, through farmer training and certification.
The garment industry is core to the Turkish economy. With the influx of Syrian refugees, the risk of exploitation and poor working conditions is high. Our work in Turkey focuses on protecting and empowering Syrian refugees working in the apparel industry, especially women, to prevent abuses in the workplace.
Africa’s budding apparel industry and its growing cotton production have made Tanzania -currently the largest producer of organic cotton on the continent - a country with enormous potential. C&A Foundation is working to grow this potential by supporting farmer training and certification.
Indonesia is ranked amongst the top ten largest garment producing countries and as such faces similar issues with poor working conditions, especially women workers. Our partners Indonesia are focuses on reducing non-compliance with labour laws, as well as empowering women to negotiate for better working conditions.