GERMANY: C&A commits to sustainable African cotton
Leading European fashion retailer C&A plans to purchase 1,000 tonnes of sustainably produced African cotton next year in a move that will help improve the living conditions of smallholder farmers in five countries.
The company, which operates nearly 1,500 stores in 19 European countries and has an annual turnover of EUR6.59bn, has joined the scheme's Demand Alliance - and plans to lift its uptake to 1,500 tonnes in 2013 and 2,000 tonnes in 2014.
The company joins the Otto Group, Puma, Anvil and Tchibo who are also partners in the initiative, which works to help some 240,000 smallholder farmers and their families in Benin, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Malawi and Ivory Coast.
"We're happy to respond to our customers' demand for fashion produced in a socially and environmentally sustainable way," says Phil Chamberlain, head of sustainable business development at C&A. "Cotton made in Africa offers us a great opportunity to use a high-value raw material with added social value in our textiles."
Cotton made in Africa provides participating smallholder farmers with cultivation methods that both conserve the environment and raise crop yields, while providing training and education for adults and children.
C&A already offers textiles made from Bio Cotton and sold 26m pieces of these products in the 2010/2011 trading year.
An interactive databank with intelligence on the major apparel sourcing countries
In his fifth, and final, article in a series looking at strategies to succeed in a period of industry decline, David Birnbaum explains why he believes US retailer Gap has been going consistently downh...
Tesco, the UK's largest retailer, today (18 April) revealed that it has been working to improve its clothing offer after it recorded a drop in full-year profit across its UK operations....
Tesco today (18 April) said it would spend GBP1bn (US$1.55bn) in a bid to revitalise its domestic operations as it confirmed that full-year like-for-like sales and profits in the UK have dropped. Neve...
Top stories on just-style this week included a reality check about uncompetitive China, Marks & Spencer admitting to running short of its best-selling women's wear lines during its fourth-quarter, and...
Efforts to stem job losses in the South African textile and clothing sector have been helped by government support and a union campaign to try to revitalise the country's manufacturing industry....
Denim brand Levi Strauss & Co has today (19 April) appointed Troy Alstead to its board of directors, expanding the board to ten members. ...
Major changes should be made immediately to safeguard the future of organic cotton as production falls, according to sustainability pressure group Textile Exchange (TE)....
French fashion label Zadig & Voltaire (Z&V) has confirmed that US investment fund TA Associates has taken a 30% stake in the company....
- Yuan devaluation impact mixed for garment firms
- Will Vietnam struggle with impending trade deals?
- The new age of disruption on apparel production
- China devaluation: what’s the big deal?
- Gap bullish on China growth opportunities
- US Q2 in brief: J Crew, Aeropostale, Bebe Stores
- Luen Thai to continue investment in Vietnam
- Adidas seeking to resolve shoe supplier dispute
- China market woes could hit consumer spending
- Adidas files trademark suit against Forever 21
- Global Database of the Top 1000 Apparel Producers - Company Names, Financial Performance, and Contact Details
- Ethiopia – the emerging textile and clothing industry
- Myanmar's Garment Sector in 2015 - now with updated members' directory
- Global market review of lingerie - forecasts to 2020
- Global market review of swimwear - forecasts to 2019