C&A receives prestigious Sustainability Award
Dusseldorf, Germany, Brussels, Belgium, 16 November 2017 – Fashion retailer C&A has been awarded the prestigious Stop Slavery Award by Thomson Reuters Foundation at its 5th annual edition of the Trust Conference in London.
The award that distinguishes companies who are taking concrete steps to eradicate forced and bonded labour from their supply chains, aims to demonstrate that businesses can play a critical role in putting an end to such issues worldwide. C&A has been awarded for their 'best in class' demonstration of integrity and innovation in detecting, preventing and remediating forced labour in their supply chain.
Thomson Reuters Foundation announced that C&A was presented with the Stop Slavery Award for “going beyond compliance standards in all categories”. C&A was described by the jury as “exemplary” for the transparency used to address and resolve issues found in its supply chain. In particular, the company also stood out for embedding anti-slavery into its overall business practice, the jury said.
“We are very proud to receive recognition for our work but at the same time we humbly recognise that there is much more to be done to sustainably eliminate forced and bonded labour in the apparel value chain,” said Jeffrey Hogue, Chief Sustainability Officer and Board Member C&A Foundation, who received the award at the Trust Conference.
C&A has incorporated forced and bonded labour guidelines into its supplier Code of Conduct and audit guidelines and protocols. The guidelines define standards for suppliers regarding legal compliance, labour practices, environmental performance and corporate governance and are executed in 2500 suppliers’ factories each year.
C&A aims to achieve safe and fair workplaces for all
“C&A works with suppliers with over one million workers across many countries worldwide – all deserving dignity and respect in their daily work and careers. Our customers expect high levels of social responsibility from us. We have worked extensively to create high standards of practice in social compliance, however, we understand that collaboration with other brands, industry change makers like C&A Foundation, governments and civil society will be needed to implement impactful programmes tailored to the unique challenges in each specific country and region where apparel is sourced”, said Hogue.
With nearly 2,000 stores in 21 countries worldwide and around 60,000 employees, C&A is a leading fashion retail business. C&A welcomes millions of visitors each day and provides them with good quality fashion at affordable prices for their entire family. C&A is an enterprise of COFRA Holding AG with a presence in Europe, Brazil, Mexico and China. For more information, see www.c-a.com.
C&A’s 2016 Global Sustainability Report is available at www.c-a.com/sustainability report.
For further information, please contact
Wanheimer Straße 70
Corporate Communications Europe
Phone: +49 211 9872 5264
Fax: +49 211 9872 4466