Research and lessons

We commission and support research and science-based reports to support policy discussions and the adoption of new models, tools and solutions by business and industry. We are also committed to share lessons based on active and past partnerships.

Reduction of Child Labour

  • Lesson notes
  • February 2019
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Social and Economic Impact Assessment of Cotton Farming in Madhya Pradesh

  • Research
  • December 2018
  • Fashion
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C&A Foundation commissioned the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and its partner Outline India to design and implement a social impact assessment on the characteristics of cotton farming in Madhya Pradesh, India.

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Governance for the Circular Economy

  • Research
  • December 2018
  • Fashion
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In the “Governance for the Circular Economy” report, Origame explores the conditions and dynamics for governance with global thought leaders and circular economy innovators. 

The Transition to Good Fashion

  • Research
  • December 2018
  • Fashion
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Together, with our partner Fashion for Good, we asked the systems change research institute, DRIFT, to develop a study the root causes of persistent problems in the fashion industry and to identify the potential patterns, pressures and levers related to transformative change. 

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Multi Country Sustainable Cotton Programme

  • Lesson notes
  • December 2018
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2018 Organic Cotton Market Report

  • Research
  • November 2018
  • Fashion
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The 2018 Organic Cotton Market Report from Textile Exchange is filled with data and analytics, alongside the ever-popular country roundups and bite-sized, yet totally inspiring, stories from the organic field. 

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Cotton Up: Guide to Sourcing Sustainable Cotton

  • Research
  • November 2018
  • Fashion
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CottonUP a practical guide to sourcing more sustainable cotton. The guide was created with the vision of a cotton industry that is a force for good for workers, and the environment along the entire supply chain 

Inspiring World worldwide campaign gives an insight on how to build a successful employee engagement initiative

  • Lesson notes
  • September 2018
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From Boycott to Boom? A Socio-Environmental Map of Myanmar’s Garment Industry in 2016

  • Research
  • July 2018
  • Fashion
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The C&A Foundation commissioned Impactt – a consultancy specialising in ethical trade, human rights, and labour standards – to look at the socio-environmental impact of the dramatic growth of Myanmar's garment industry.

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Making a case for dispute resolution

  • Research
  • June 2018
  • Fashion
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New research from Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) has explored the impact of Myanmar's labour dispute resolution system, as the country continues to open its borders to international supply chains. The system was established in 2012 to protect and enforce the rights and obligations of workers and employers across industries, and has been used to good effect in the garment sector. 

PAN report on cotton’s chemical addiction

  • Research
  • June 2018
  • Fashion
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Cotton supports around 100 million rural families across the globe; it provides employment and income, and the garment industry depends on it. But cotton has its problems: it has been associated with everything from forced and child labour to pesticide poisoning of farmers and their families and environmental pollution. A number of high profile initiatives are tackling the problems, but there is still much to do and data is sketchy.

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What incentivises sustainable fashion: Lessons from entrepreneurs

  • Research
  • June 2018
  • Fashion
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An estimated 75 million people are now employed by the apparel industry. It's a number that has almost quadrupled in the last 15 years. With this exponential growth, the not-so-hidden costs of fashion too have increased. But while critics say that changing company behaviour simply isn't profitable, social innovators are proving that there are imaginative and practical ways to get factories and brands on board.

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