C&A is pleased to announce that it has signed the renewed Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (“Accord”) at today’s OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct in Paris. In 2013, C&A was one of the first brands to sign the Bangladesh Accord for Fire and Building Safety and has played an active role in the Steering Committee since the beginning. The Accord has made great progress in raising awareness on important safety measures, empowering and involving workers and driving real change in fire and building safety in the Bangladesh garment industry. In this light, C&A has signed the new Accord and is committed to working with labour unions and the industry to create lasting change in fire and building safety in Bangladesh. The new Accord is important to C&A because it extends independent, expert building safety inspections for three more years, ensuring that safety improvements achieved under the first Accord will be maintained and that any new findings in any factory will be addressed.
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C&A is to partner with system wholesaler, the Hamm Reno Group (HR Group) on the system business of its footwear departments. From September 1, 2017, the C&A footwear departments at a total of 292 C&A branches, including 233 branches in Germany and another 59 branches outside of Germany, will be managed by the HR Group.
“The HR Group’s great competence and market position in the area of footwear, and its lengthy experience of system business allows our C&A customers to choose from a comprehensive range of shoes of appealing quality,” explains Martijn van der Zee, Chief Merchandise and Sourcing Officer C&A Europe. “Thanks to this partnership, in keeping with our extensive fashion portfolio, our customers can look forward to an individual footwear collection at attractive prices.”
Both procurement and logistics at the footwear departments will in future be handled by the
HR Group. Apart from the inventory and furnishing of the footwear departments, the HR Group will also be responsible for the upkeep of the footwear departments.