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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
       
      C&A are a member of the UN Global Compact. 
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Less than 20% of the world’s ancient forests remain in tracts large enough to maintain biological diversity [...]. 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."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    25/86
    • Leather
      18/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/21
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Importer, checks compliance
            0/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            downstream company, traces to Importer, checks compliance
            0/5.3
            C&A publish a list of all of their Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers every 2 months. This list is also used to "provide a channel so that we can be alerted when issues are observed in our suppliers' factories and take immediate corrective action."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        12/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/4
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.7
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.7
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          "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."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          C&A disclose their supplier list for footwear and apparel. 
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          C&A host their grievance mechanism on a remote site, which is accessible for all.
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        6/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          C and A ensure that their suppliers guarantee their workers' rights to freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality in the supply chain
          2/4
          "We are working to empower women and achieve gender equality across our supply chain, from the farming of raw materials through to the manufacture and sale of our clothes."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      32/86
      • Commitment Strength
        12/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            "In Europe and China, C&A has taken the bold step of committing to source 100% ofits man-made cellulosic fibres from suppliers who have practices in place to preventancient or endangered forest products entering their supply chain" by 2020. 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "In Europe and China, C&A has taken the bold step of committing to source 100% ofits man-made cellulosic fibres from suppliers who have practices in place to preventancient or endangered forest products entering their supply chain" by 2020. 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Only in Europe and China
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "In Europe and China, C&A has taken the bold step of committing to source 100% ofits man-made cellulosic fibres from suppliers who have practices in place to preventancient or endangered forest products entering their supply chain" by 2020. 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "In Europe and China, C&A has taken the bold step of committing to source 100% ofits man-made cellulosic fibres from suppliers who have practices in place to preventancient or endangered forest products entering their supply chain" by 2020. 
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "In Europe and China, C&A has taken the bold step of committing to source 100% ofits man-made cellulosic fibres from suppliers who have practices in place to preventancient or endangered forest products entering their supply chain" by 2020. 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "In Europe and China, C&A has taken the bold step of committing to source 100% ofits man-made cellulosic fibres from suppliers who have practices in place to preventancient or endangered forest products entering their supply chain" by 2020. 
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Importer, checks compliance
            0/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            downstream company, traces to Importer, checks compliance
            0/4
            C&A publish a list of all of their Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers every 2 months. This list is also used to "provide a channel so that we can be alerted when issues are observed in our suppliers' factories and take immediate corrective action."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        14/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            2018: "We source viscose from only three suppliers: Birla and Lenzing for staple fibre and Enka for filament.  All three companies are third-party-verified suppliers of cellulosics and have been confirmed as ‘low risk’ of controversial fibre."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          "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."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          C&A disclose their supplier list for footwear and apparel. 
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          C&A host their grievance mechanism on a remote site, which is accessible for all.
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
          Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
           
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        6/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          C and A ensure that their suppliers guarantee their workers' rights to freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality in the supply chain
          2/4
          "We are working to empower women and achieve gender equality across our supply chain, from the farming of raw materials through to the manufacture and sale of our clothes."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    6/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    13/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    6/16
    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.

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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