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Bangladesh garment factories close over wage dispute Michelle Russell | 21 Dec 16

Around 55 Bangladesh garment factories are understood to have declared themselves shut for an indefinite period following an "illegal strike" by workers demanding a wage hike.


C&A Foundation partners on gender equality project Michelle Russell | 20 Dec 16

C&A Foundation, the corporate foundation affiliated with global retailer C&A, has partnered with Global Fund for Women to help advance gender justice for female workers in the garment industry.


C&A partners on Brazil sustainable fashion project Michelle Russell | 16 Dec 16

Value retailer C&A has joined forces with Brazilian sustainable fashion project Malha to find new ways to produce and consume fashion more sustainably and collaboratively.


C&A Foundation funds closed loop textile programme Beth Wright | 4 Nov 16

C&A Foundation, the corporate foundation affiliated with global retailer C&A, has invested EUR250,000 (US$278,000) in a bid to help a non-profit organisation in the Netherlands close the loop for textiles and create a zero-waste industry.


Apparel brands "ignoring" refugee abuse in Turkey factories Michelle Russell | 25 Oct 16

The majority of large apparel brands are ignoring the "endemic" abuse of Syrian refugees in Turkish clothing factories supplying European retailers, a new report has found. 


C&A helps grow organic cotton production in China Beth Wright | 26 Aug 16

In a bid to boost the supply of organic cotton in China, the corporate foundation affiliated with global retailer C&A, has partnered with C&A China and conservation partner Rare to help farmers grow more organic fibre.


Nike, Victoria's Secret, Esprit lag in detox efforts Beth Wright | 6 Jul 16

Inditex, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Benetton have been praised by environmental activist group Greenpeace for being on track to clean up their chains, while Victoria's Secret, Esprit and sports brands Nike and LiNing are lagging behind the field.


C&A steps up sustainability efforts with top-rated suppliers Michelle Russell | 24 May 16

Value retailer C&A says it has increased the number of top-rated suppliers it sources from and has grown its sustainable supply chain team, as it published its first global sustainability report and revealed progress towards its 2020 goals.


C&A selects PLM to boost product development Leonie Barrie | 27 Apr 16

Value fashion retailer C&A Europe has invested in a retail-specific product lifecycle management (PLM) system to help shorten lead times and reduce costs in global product development.


C&A Mexico to improve speed to market with PLM Katie Smith | 30 Mar 16

C&A Mexico has selected NGC's fashion PLM system to help enhance product development, improve speed to market and overall productivity – all of which are key for its fast-fashion retail business.


Chinese companies join forest-free viscose pledge Katie Smith | 10 Mar 16

Six large Chinese rayon and viscose producers have joined a commitment to stop sourcing the raw material from ancient and endangered forests.


C&A extends consistent fit to men's and children's wear Katie Smith | 25 Feb 16

As it works to establish a more consistent fit across its entire product range, European fashion retailer C&A is to highlight the changes with special labels on its men's, children's wear and Clockhouse offerings.


C&A rolls out RFID in France as base for omnichannel Leonie Barrie | 17 Feb 16

Leading European fashion retailer C&A International is to implement RFID across all of its 164 stores in France, together with full integration at its distribution centre, to streamline processes from point of manufacture through to point of sale.


Fashion brands pledge action for workers in India Michelle Russell | 3 Feb 16

Four major fashion brands have pledged to take serious action to remedy what has been alleged as "appalling living conditions" and "restricted freedom of movement" for apparel workers in Bangalore, India.


Top 20 analysis stories on just-style in 2015... Katie Smith | 21 Dec 15

Among the most-read analysis articles on just-style in 2015 were stories relating to the rapid growth of Myanmar's garment sector, the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement on countries such as Vietnam, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, five key trends in world textile and apparel trade, and Ethiopia's prospects as an emerging sourcing hub. 


Act vs Action – Legislation not enough to combat modern slavery Guest author | 18 Dec 15

Leslie Johnston, executive director of the C&A Foundation and a board director at GoodWeave believes the UK's Modern Slavery Act – which obligates large companies to report and declare their steps to address slavery – can only do so much. She is instead calling on businesses to take a broader approach to abolish slavery within supply chains and engage consumers to create change.


Top stories this week on just-style... Katie Smith | 20 Nov 15

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at how C&A's overhaul of its fit and product development processes is paying dividends, Uniqlo and Toray ink a new sourcing deal aimed at reducing lead times and optimising production, and Cambodia approves a draft union law despite criticism. 


C&A building brand loyalty through consistent fit Leonie Barrie | 16 Nov 15

If proof was needed of the link between consistent garment size and fit and its impact on top-line growth, then look no further than European value fashion retailer C&A – where a 10-month overhaul of fit and product development processes is already paying dividends. Involving the supply base as early as possible has also been one of the keys to success.


Tesco's F&F joins ZDHC as new board formed Michelle Russell | 9 Oct 15

F&F, the fashion brand of UK supermarket retailer Tesco Stores, has become the latest member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group, amid the formation of a new board of directors.


C&A Foundation to fund sustainability innovations Katie Smith | 16 Sep 15

The C&A Foundation, the corporate foundation affiliated with global retailer C&A, has partnered with Ashoka Changemakers to launch a new initiative that will help fund innovations that address social issues in the apparel supply chain.


Bestseller joins angora wool ban Katie Smith | 17 Aug 15

Danish fashion retailer Bestseller has become the latest company to ban the use of angora in its products as it works to tighten its animal welfare policy.


C&A Foundation wants fashion to be a force for good Leonie Barrie | 13 Jul 15

Around EUR29m (US$32m) was invested last year by the C&A Foundation in initiatives across the clothing supply chain – but the philanthropic group is urging a joint effort from all stakeholders to find solutions to the challenges that remain.


C&A to add "consistently accurate fit" label to garments Leonie Barrie | 1 Jul 15

Retailer C&A is to highlight the improved and consistent fit of garments across its size range with special labels on its latest ladies’ wear and denim ranges.


SUSTAINABILITY: Organic cotton market growing again Michelle Russell | 9 Jun 15

The organic cotton market is growing once more, after three consecutive years of declining production. This is the result of industry collaboration and innovative initiatives developed over the last 12 months, according to a new report.


The Fit Factor: C&A overhauls fit for the future Leonie Barrie | 20 Mar 15

The past year has seen value retailer C&A confront head-on the challenge of delivering consistent fit across key categories such as lingerie, trousers and denim. A complete overhaul of its approach is now seen as the precursor to building market share, sales, brand loyalty and a multi-channel push.


C&A project to boost opportunities for women in India Richard Woodard | 21 Jan 15

Fashion retail business C&A Europe and the C&A Foundation have announced a partnership with Women on Wings to boost the opportunities for working women in India.


ETI names C&A's Philip Chamberlain as new chair Leonie Barrie | 7 Jan 15

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has named Philip Chamberlain, the head of sustainable business development at C&A Europe as its new chair.


C&A appoints Hogue sustainability chief Michelle Russell | 9 Dec 14

Apparel retailer C&A Global has appointed Jeffrey Hogue to the newly created role of chief sustainability officer.


Lacoste joins ban on angora Michelle Russell | 8 Dec 14

French fashion brand Lacoste has become the latest company to end the use of angora in its future clothing and accessories collections.


UPDATE: Tazreen Fashions compensation agreement outlined Katie Smith | 25 Nov 14

An agreement on delivering compensation to the victims of the Tazreen Fashions fire in Bangladesh has been outlined - two years after the blaze killed at least 112 people and injured 300 others.

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