Our objective of disclosing our suppliers' factories is threefold:
- Be completely transparent about where our products are made, so our customers and stakeholders can feel confident we’re making good choices.
- Improve worker rights and increase worker voice within our suppliers' factories.
- Provide a channel so that we can be alerted when issues are observed in our suppliers' factories and take immediate corrective action.
Our public disclosure on our supplier’s production units covers 100% of our tier-1 factories, printing and embroidery units, laundries and dye houses (we also disclose the majority of our suppliers’ spinning and fabric mills). We update this list every month to ensure that the information provided is up to date and relevant to our stakeholders. C&A uses for the public disclosure of its factories the Open Apparel Registry.
Open Apparel Registry
The Open Apparel Registry (OAR) is an open source tool that maps garment facilities worldwide and assigns a unique ID number to each. It aims to become the source for identifying all global apparel facilities and their affiliations by collating disparate supplier lists from industry stakeholders into a centralised map and database. The collated database of facility names, addresses, and affiliated parties is powered by an advanced name and address-matching algorithm that will allow users to understand facility affiliations, identify collaboration opportunities, and find potential new suppliers, among other activities.
C&A Foundation supported the launch of OAR, and now Laudes Foundation continues to support development of the platform. C&A is one of the only brands to have taken the time to upload its full list, which improved the learning algorithm for factory addresses. As the ﬁrst initiative to freely share important industry data across brands, retailers, manufacturers, multi-stakeholder initiatives, and civil society, the OAR accelerates collaboration within the apparel industry and contributes to a new paradigm of open data that will ultimately help to make fashion a force for good.
IPE Green Supply Map
C&A also participates in the IPE Green Supply Chain Map. The Green Supply Chain Map is a leadership initiative dedicated to showcasing brands’ commitment to supply chain transparency and environmental management. It openly links brands' supplier lists to publicly-available environmental data, including real-time data for air emissions and wastewater discharge. Brands that voluntarily join the map demonstrate leadership by going transparent toward their concrete actions to monitor and improve environmental performance. The map creates a channel for these brands’ suppliers to publicly verify their environmental compliance.
At the same time, it also allows consumers to incorporate brands’ efforts to minimize supply chain environmental impacts into purchasing decisions. Map users can filter by brand to view and understand individual companies’ supply chains, or can also filter to see the types of data that each facility discloses, including real-time emissions data, feedback about corrective actions to improve environmental performance, and annual pollutant emissions and resource usage data. The map is bilingual, featuring both English and Chinese versions, and also includes a search bar to check supplier name keywords.
Tier 1 - Cut & sew production units
Tier 2 - Printing & embroidery units, laundries, dye houses and fabric mills
Tier 3 - Spinning mills