C&A strongly condemns the mistreatment of animals for fibre production. The cruelty towards cashmere goats as shown in the PETA video is shocking and unacceptable. While we are not aware of any such cases of abuse among our suppliers, we acknowledge that safeguarding the ethical treatment of animals in thousands of small farms in remote areas, is a challenge that requires a collaborative industry approach.
For C&A, a fundamental right of all workers is to have a safe and healthy work environment. Since 2013, C&A has therefore been supporting the Accord with the aim of further improving the building and fire safety situation in Bangladesh textile factories.
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.