C&A AG Sustainability Committee
Sound governance helps us operate transparently and with accountability. Throughout 2020, the C&A AG Sustainability Committee (SC), led by the chair of the C&A AG board, served as the policy- and strategy-setting body for sustainability across C&A. The SC included retail market and licensee CEOs and representatives of other global functions with global decision-making responsibilities. The Committee set policy and strategy while monitoring and managing accountability of our performance towards the yearly sustainability goals as well as the approval of the 2028 Sustainability Strategy.
Our company has a well-organised and streamlined business planning and decision-making process that integrates and embeds sustainability. Our Global Sustainability team collaborates with each of our retail market teams to develop plans with annual milestones and associated KPIs that help us progress towards our yearly targets as well as the roadmaps for our 2028 Sustainability Strategy. Each retail market business and the SC sign oﬀ on these action plans annually and include sustainability objectives in their annual bonus compensation.
Linking executive compensation to sustainability performance
Globally, all C&A leadership personnel are evaluated quarterly against their deﬁned business goals, of which sustainability performance is a part. Among our executive leadership, our Director of Global Sustainability has the most signiﬁcant responsibility for implementing our sustainability strategy and meeting our key performance indicators for human rights impacts, environmental management, and other aspects of our sustainability strategy, with bonus compensation directly tied to successful achievement of these goals.
We review our material issues annually in the context of stakeholder input and importance to our business. This process includes reviewing consumer insights, sustainability trends, our corporate identity, and our current and future impacts. Additionally, we consider the severity and likelihood of those impacts. Drawing from this input, we identify the top material issues — those deemed most important by our stakeholders and for our business. These top material issues helped us to refine our 2028 Global Sustainability Strategy and inform C&A retail markets as they develop and prioritise goals at the regional level.
We engage with stakeholders to understand their perspectives on key issues as a first step in working together on solutions. We prioritise their input and perspectives, maintaining active dialogue with the relevant stakeholders and including their feedback as we implement new strategies and programmes.
Sustainability team and contact
Sustainability is led by our global leadership team and operationalised by regional leadership.
Global Sustainability Leadership Team
Aleix Busquets Gonzalez, Director Global Sustainability - LinkedIn
Michael Reidick, Head of Social and Environmental Stewardship - LinkedIn
Thomas Vornhusen, Unit Leader Sustainable Supply Chain Operations - LinkedIn
Caren Jakubaschk, Unit Leader Supply Chain - Social Stewardship - LinkedIn
Gerhard Grimm, Unit Leader Transparency Content - LinkedIn
Retail Market Sustainability Leaders
Leandro Ito, SSC/SCM and Sustainability Manager - Brazil LinkedIn
Aarony Xu, Sr. Sourcing Product Manager - China LinkedIn
Alejandra Sánchez Ayala, Head of Sustainability - Mexico LinkedIn