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  • Overall approach
    2/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: UN Global Compact
      C&A became a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact in 2015
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Less than 20% of the world’s ancient forests remain in tracts large enough to maintain biological diversity [SOURCE: Canopy]. We have a responsibility to protect what is left, and we need to do it quickly – at current rates, 55% of the Amazon rainforest could be gone by 2030."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
      Yes, for all commodities
      0/0
      Which commodities does the committee focus on?: Beef; Leather; Pulp & Paper

      Does it disclose the percentage of pay at risk?: No
      "Our company has a well-organised and streamlined business planning and decision-making process, where sustainability is integrated and embedded. Our Global Sustainability team collaborates with each of our regional teams to develop plans with annual milestones and associated KPIs that will help us progress towards our 2020 targets. Each regional business and the GSC sign off on these action plans annually and include sustainability objectives in their annual bonus compensation."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Other or unclear

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2030
      "We will deliver the following:Absolute GHG emissions reduction by 30% for our offices, distribution centres, and retail stores by 2030.Absolute GHG emissions reduction by 30% in our value chain by 2030."
  • Commodity score
    18/88
    • Leather
      11/88
      • Commitment Strength
        0/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "The table below provides a summary of the requirements in the Code of Conduct. [...] No child labour [...] No discrimination in employment [...] No forced labour [...] Respect for freedom of association and collective bargaining"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "2.2. Discrimination - The sole basis for differentiating between worker must be the ability and willingness to do the job, rather than personal characteristics [...] Such personal characteristics include, but are not limited to: gender, age, religion, marital status, race, caste, social background, diseases, disability, pregnancy, ethnic and national origin, nationality, membership in worker organizations including trade unions, political affiliation, and sexual orientation."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        6/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          "We are also committed to provide high quality fashion products in a sustainable way, with respect for people and the environment. It applies for both C&A employees and its business partners.If you have any concern that C&A or its business partners has behaved in a dishonest or unfair manner please file a report to us now." [...] ."C&A has established the Fairness Channel as a secure whistle-blowing and complaint management system, through which all stakeholders (including customers, suppliers, factory workers, employees or other stakeholders) can, confidentially, report unethical behaviour or practices. The Fainess channel can be reached at: CSA@c-and-a.com, +49-211-9872-3883, C&A Corporate Social Affairs, The Fairness Officer, Confidential, Post box 102264, D-40013 Düsseldorf, Germany"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 100 percent tier 1 and tier 2
          "Our public disclosure on our suppliers’ production units covers 100% of our tier-1 and tier-2 suppliers’ factories (and number of our tier-3 vertically integrated production units that include spinning, fabric production and dyeing) for all markets, globally.  We update this list every two months to ensure that the information provided is up to date and relevant to our stakeholders."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      24/88
      • Commitment Strength
        3/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          3/8
          • Commitment details
            Protects priority forests (including High Conservation Value)
            2/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Protects priority forests (including High Conservation Value)
            2/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "In Europe and China, C&A has taken the bold step of committing to source 100% of its man-made cellulosic fibres from suppliers who have practices in place to prevent ancient or endangered forest products entering their supply chain" [...] "Our global commitment means we are assessing our sourcing of cellulose-based fibres and eliminate the sourcing of fabrics made of pulp from ancient and endangered forests, and other controversial sources. This includes: Showing a preference for suppliers who are working to preserve endangered forests or use Forest Stewardship Council- (FSC)-certified methods."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "In Europe and China, C&A has taken the bold step of committing to source 100% of its man-made cellulosic fibres from suppliers who have practices in place to prevent ancient or endangered forest products entering their supply chain" [...] "Our global commitment means we are assessing our sourcing of cellulose-based fibres and eliminate the sourcing of fabrics made of pulp from ancient and endangered forests, and other controversial sources. This includes: Showing a preference for suppliers who are working to preserve endangered forests or use Forest Stewardship Council- (FSC)-certified methods."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "In Europe and China, C&A has taken the bold step of committing to source 100% of its man-made cellulosic fibres from suppliers who have practices in place to prevent ancient or endangered forest products entering their supply chain" [...] "Our global commitment means we are assessing our sourcing of cellulose-based fibres and eliminate the sourcing of fabrics made of pulp from ancient and endangered forests, and other controversial sources. This includes: Showing a preference for suppliers who are working to preserve endangered forests or use Forest Stewardship Council- (FSC)-certified methods."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/5
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "The table below provides a summary of the requirements in the Code of Conduct. [...] No child labour [...] No discrimination in employment [...] No forced labour [...] Respect for freedom of association and collective bargaining"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "2.2. Discrimination - The sole basis for differentiating between worker must be the ability and willingness to do the job, rather than personal characteristics [...] Such personal characteristics include, but are not limited to: gender, age, religion, marital status, race, caste, social background, diseases, disability, pregnancy, ethnic and national origin, nationality, membership in worker organizations including trade unions, political affiliation, and sexual orientation."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        16/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            We are proud of what we’ve achieved in 2018: making significant progress towards our target of [...] increasing the sustainability of our raw materials to 67% by 2020. In 2018, 71% of the cotton we sourced and 49% of the raw materials we used were more sustainable"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: CanopyStyle 

          What is the nature of that participation?: Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "To support the conservation of Ancient and Endangered Forests in the production of viscose, we are working with the CanopyStyle Initiative. Through this initiative we have committed to assessing the sourcing of cellulose-based fibres and eliminating fabrics made of pulp from Ancient and Endangered Forests, and other controversial sources"
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 100%

          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified 
          "Raw material sourcing is only one of the many challenges in the production of man-made cellulosics. In February 2018, the Changing Markets Foundation authored a report about the steps to be taken to address these challenges. We are committed to the roadmap and to working with the industry and with producers to improve chemical and environmental practices at cellulosic fibre production, and to remediate current challenges. More concretely, we are working with ZDHC on thier development of standards and protocols for the viscose industry [...] working directly with Lenzing and Birla on a continuous improvement plan. The areas of focus as outlined in the roadmap are as follows: raw materials are sourced from plantations, forests or farms that are responsibly managed through our Canopy committment, [...] establishment of impact assessments"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          "We are also committed to provide high quality fashion products in a sustainable way, with respect for people and the environment. It applies for both C&A employees and its business partners.If you have any concern that C&A or its business partners has behaved in a dishonest or unfair manner please file a report to us now." [...] ."C&A has established the Fairness Channel as a secure whistle-blowing and complaint management system, through which all stakeholders (including customers, suppliers, factory workers, employees or other stakeholders) can, confidentially, report unethical behaviour or practices. The Fainess channel can be reached at: CSA@c-and-a.com, +49-211-9872-3883, C&A Corporate Social Affairs, The Fairness Officer, Confidential, Post box 102264, D-40013 Düsseldorf, Germany"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 100 tier 1 and 2

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Bangladesh; Bosnia-Hercegovinia; Brazil; Bulgaria; Cambodia; China; Colombia; Croatia; Egypt; Germany; Greece; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Italy, San Marino; Madagascar; Mexico; Moldava; Morocco; Myanmar; Netherlands; Pakistan; Peru; Poland; Portugal; Republic of North Macedon; Romania; Serbia; Sri Lanka; Tunisia; Turkey; Ukraine; Vietnam;
          "We disclose the location of all of our global suppliers' tier-1and tier-2 factories, in accordance with our commitment to the Transparency Pledge. We also disclose a proportion of our suppliers' tier-3 spinning and fabric mills."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not disclosed
          "Starting in 2019, all audits have been shifted from semi-announced to 100% unannounced. The decision to shift to unannounced audits was to improve our ability to detect issues like unauthorised subcontracting."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: "If a supplier maintains a non-compliant factory (E-rated) for longer than 6 months, the relationship with the supplier and associated factories is suspended. Because every situation is unique, potential exit strategies must be tailored to each situation."

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "If a supplier maintains a non-compliant factory (E-rated) for longer than 6 months, the relationship with the supplier and associated factories is suspended."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    2/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    11/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/18
    Avg. score

Profile

The Cofra Group of Companies operates in apparel retail. The group’s retail operations are conducted through C&A with stores and online-shops across the globe. Cofra is selected as a powerbroker for leather and pulp & paper.

Sector
Industry sector 
Apparel & footwear
Segments
Retailer
HQ
HQ 
Switzerland
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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