At the end of 2015, C&A Europe learned of the results of the current Cividep India study “Needs Assessment for Childcare Facilities in Bangalore’s Garment Industry” in which a total of three production units of C&A suppliers were examined.
We would like to expressly emphasize that the practices mentioned in the report are absolutely unacceptable and out of the question for C&A, and that they are entirely inconsistent with our Code of Conduct. Our audits in this region to date have delivered no evidence of such practices.
However, the results of the study do suggest that clear action needs to be taken with regard to improving the quality of childcare in the Bangalore area. Concerning this, C&A has personally been in touch with the responsible coordinator of Cividep India and with Femnet for some time and has already taken a number of measures.
The following measures have been taken:
As an immediate step, we have ensured the active participation of our suppliers in the corresponding training programs that have been set up by Cividep India and have re-examined the production units of our suppliers located in the area. Of 27 production units that are required to have a crèche pursuant to Karnataka law, 23 have provided one. The remaining four have been granted exemption. At the same time, the crèches are to a very large extent identical with the legal requirements in terms of equipment and the qualifications of the staff. With the exceptional cases, we are striving to achieve a timely solution also in conjunction with the legal requirements.
Furthermore, we will intensify our focus on childcare at factories performing work for C&A through our audits in the future and are currently in contact with Cividep India and Femnet in this regard.
In addition, C&A has attended a stakeholder meeting organized by Cividep India on January 29, 2016, in Bangalore.