According to C&A’s annual Global Sustainability Report, owing to its use of sustainable raw materials, C&A was able to reduce its global carbon footprint by 12 per cent in 2018. The organisation’s global sustainable materials strategy — driven by more sustainable sources of cotton and cellulosic fibres — avoided 116,000 tonne of CO2 emissions (mtCO2e), equivalent to the yearly CO2emissions of over 70,000 passenger cars.
C&A also saved 1 billion cu m of water – the equivalent of 400,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. In Europe, C&A sold 95,000 pieces containing recycled cotton and more than 300,000 items containing recycled polyester.
In 2018, C&A also continued its active involvement with ACT (Action, Collaboration, Transformation), a ground-breaking, multi-stakeholder agreement to improve wages for garment workers, with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Fashion for Good to drive circular economy approaches in the apparel industry, and with C&A Foundation to support systemic and industry-wide change in social and environmental practices.