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  • Overall approach
    2/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      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
      Awareness
      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
      High-level management
      No
      0/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Beef & Leather; Pulp & Paper

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Annually
    • 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
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    17/84
    • Leather
      10/84
      • Commitment Strength
        0/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/17
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • 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 Code of Conduct for the Supply of Merchandise (‘the Code of Conduct’) describes what C&A expects from suppliers regarding legal compliance, labour practices, environmental performance, and anticorruption"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/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 commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        5/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable 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
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: Hotline, Email, Web-form

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
          "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
          0/4
        • 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


          What type of location data (boundary, point, etc.) is provided for smallholder farms?: Not disclosed

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0 not disclosed

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: Tier 1, 2 and 3 factory locations are listed by address

          For what percent is no location data disclosed?: 0 Not disclosed

          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 100 tier 1 and 2

          For what percent of smallholder suppliers is location disclosed?: 0 Not disclosed

          What is the volume of the forest risk commodity that the company sourced in the previous year from each national or sub-national location?: 0 Not disclosed

          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
          No
          0/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not disclosed
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Not disclosed

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      23/84
      • Commitment Strength
        8/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            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
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            "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."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "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"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            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"
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • 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 Code of Conduct for the Supply of Merchandise (‘the Code of Conduct’) describes what C&A expects from suppliers regarding legal compliance, labour practices, environmental performance, and anticorruption"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/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 commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        10/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "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
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • 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
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: Hotline, Email, Web-form

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
          "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
          0/4
        • 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
          What type of location data (boundary, point, etc.) is provided for smallholder farms?: Not disclosed

          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;

          From what sub-national jurisdiction(s) does the company source material?: Not disclosed

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: Not disclosed
          "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 only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          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: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          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

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Not disclosed
          "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
    4/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    8/38
    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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