We are fully aware of the importance of the gradual increase of the minimum wage in the country. Within the last 5 years, C&A has been strongly advocating for setting up an efficient social dialogue system in Bangladesh which would enable local stakeholders to have constructive negotiations on the topic.
FEMNET e.V. in cooperatoon with Cividep has started a campaign with the aim to improve childcare conditions at suppliers' factories in India. As part of this campaign, they have contacted several fashion brands - including C&A. Please find here our response to FEMNET.
The India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) has published a new report today on forced labour and the Sumangali scheme in Southern India. Referring to several fashion retailers, the report states that "approximately 30% of the south Indian spinning mills' yarn is used in the export factories in Tamil Nadu, who produce for brands like C&A, H&M, Marks and Spencer, Primark, Walmart, Zara and a lot of other brands".
C&A wishes to emphasize that it is committed to contributing to the improvement of workers’ rights in Southern India. In this regard, forced labour in general and the Sumungali scheme in particular is unacceptable and is a reason for termination of a business relationship with a supplier should we find that the scheme is exists in one of our suppliers’ operations.
C&A appreciates that Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has shared the draft report entitled “Doing Dutch” upfront and engaged us regarding our position and perspective on a variety of issues relating to Bangalore. We value CCCs input and insight and view it as a support and complement to our ongoing efforts towards the improvement of worker’s rights in our sourcing countries.
C&A has been in multiple conversations with CCC and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) regarding this topic and we have provided a formal response to the report in May 2016.
Due to an incomplete representation of our formal response to the Clean Clothes Campaign back then in the final Dutch and English report versions, we decided to attach our original response to the Clean Clothes Campaign. We hope this can provide a higher degree of clarity around the efforts that C&A is taking to improve the working conditions in the garment sector.
In the recent Greenpeace Detox Catwalk report, C&A has received an ‘Evolution Mode’ rating, ranking us fourth out of 19 brands that were assessed. The third edition of the Detox Catwalk focusses on implementation, with brands being evaluated on their preparation and their ability to eliminate hazardous chemicals by 2020.