Textile Exchange highlights C&A’s leadership in sustainability
- C&A is recognised as leading the shift towards more sustainable materials
- Material Change Insights Report provides one of the most comprehensive and data-supported analyses of how the industry is progressing in its shift to preferred materials
- Forever Denim collection highlights C&A’s position as one of the textile industry’s leaders in sustainability
Dusseldorf, 27 May 2021 – The global NGO Textile Exchange has highlighted C&A’s position as one of the world’s leading textile companies in terms of sustainability. According to the organisation’s Material Change Insights Report, C&A achieved the highest overall level (four) of the Material Change Index, based on C&A’s material portfolio, which includes organic cotton and other preferred materials, its sustainability strategy and circularity. In addition, C&A has also been praised for its alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 191 companies participated in this year’s Material Change Index.
“We are proud that C&A’s continuous efforts to shift towards more sustainable materials and circular fashion are being recognised by Textile Exchange,” said Aleix Busquets Gonzalez, Director Global Sustainability at C&A. “As one of the biggest buyers of organic cotton worldwide, we offer tangible help to farmers. For example, in a partnership project in Pakistan, we support cotton farms into converting cultivated farmland into organic by paying the organic cotton premium and committing to purchase quantities of up to 80%.”
C&A’s holistic approach has been validated by Textile Exchange. The Material Change Insights Report provides one of the most comprehensive, data-supported analyses of how the industry is progressing in its shift towards more sustainable materials, as well as its alignment with global efforts like the SDGs and the transition to a circular economy. C&A is one of the European market leaders in this area and has set new standards in recent years: the company developed the world’s first jeans and t-shirt to achieve the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold standard. In May, C&A launched the Forever Denim collection, made from the most sustainable denim fabric in the world (Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Platinum).
“Through benchmarking, we want to help companies and suppliers focus their efforts and drive towards substantial change. There is no time to waste; we must move now in order to achieve the comprehensive systems change that will be required to keep us within the 1.5°C pathway,” said Claire Bergkamp, the Chief Operating Officer at Textile Exchange.
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About Textile Exchange
Textile Exchange is a global nonprofit that creates leaders in the sustainable fibre and materials industry. The organisation develops, manages and promotes a suite of leading industry standards. It also collects and publishes vital industry data and insights that enable brands and retailers to measure, manage and track their use of preferred fibre and materials. With a membership that represents leading brands, retailers and suppliers, Textile Exchange has, for years, been positively impacting the climate by accelerating the use of preferred fibres across the global textile industry, and is now making it an imperative goal through its 2030 Strategy: Climate+. Under the Climate+ strategic direction, Textile Exchange will be the driving force for urgent climate action with a goal of reducing CO₂ emissions from textile fibre and material production by 45% by 2030. To learn more about Textile Exchange, visit TextileExchange.org. Follow us on Twitter at @TextileExchange.
With over 1,400 stores in 18 European countries and more than 25,000 employees, C&A is one of Europe’s leading fashion retailers. Every day, C&A welcomes more than two million visitors to its stores in Europe and offers quality fashion at affordable prices for the whole family. In addition to its European stores, C&A is also present in Brazil, Mexico and China. For further information, please visit our website: www.c-a.com
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 A project done in partnership between C&A, with WWF, Laudes Foundation, and AED Balochistan in 2020.