Learning

Keen to develop and share better practice for greater impact, Laudes Foundation is a learning organisation.

We commission and listen to new research and constantly evaluate ourselves as well as the initiatives we support.

We take on the lessons that the research and evaluations provide, and openly share them.

Lesson notes

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Making data on fashion industry chemicals more accessible
Evaluation of the pilot initiative - MaterialWise - Enabling access to assessed chemicals for greener, safer chemistry
January 2021
Overall Effectiveness Evaluation of C&A Foundation
In 2019 C&A Foundation commissioned this independent Overall Effectiveness Evaluation (OEE) of its programmatic and operational effectiveness to inform its work to achieve its vision with a clear understanding of its past performance. The OEE assessed the foundation results across the signature programmes and organisation.
December 2020
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There is no quick fix when it comes to gender-based violence
This initiative aimed to improve the lives of apparel workers in certain factories and communities in the National Capital Region (NCR) in India by addressing gender-based violence
December 2020
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Fighting the Sumangali scheme
The initiative aimed to end exploitative working conditions in the textile industry in South India.
November 2020
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Where are we in the fight to save our forests?
Protecting ancient and endangered forests through a collaborative approach with industry brands and the world's top 10 largest viscose producers. The aim is to motivate and support companies to establish better policies and for viscose producers to audit supply chains and move to alternative circular fibres.
November 2020
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Multi-targeted approach helps to reduce forced labour
Freedom Fund and several NGOs in Tamil Nadu in southern India's textile industry wanted to find ways to successfully address labour exploitation.
October 2020
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Research, Advocacy and Action to Combat Gender-Based Violence in the Apparel Sector
This initiative aimed to reduce gender-based violence (GBV) against workers in the apparel sectors of Cambodia and Indonesia.
August 2020
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Fighting Forced Labour through journalism
The goal of the initiative was to increase the global coverage of the otherwise underreported scourge of modern slavery and trafficking by setting up a unique reporting team to document forced labour in its many forms, with an additional focus on the apparel industry and related issues such as sourcing and supply chains.
August 2020
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Partner Perception Report 2019 - C&A Foundation
In February and March of 2019, the Centre for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) undertook the second survey with C&A Foundation’s partners with a 74 percent response rate (86 partners).
June 2020
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Sustainable Raw Materials
Accelerating Better Cotton Initiative to Mainstream Sustainable Cotton Production & Uptake.
December 2019
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Education
Assure a sustainable and thoughtful transition from Education to Fashion, for both the Education partners and the wider Education field in Brazil.
December 2019
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Fabric of Change
The global partnership aimed to invest and support people who create innovative solutions for a socially and environmentally sustainable apparel industry through collaborative entrepreneurship with a particular focus on countries where C&A has a strong presence: Europe, Brazil and Mexico
November 2019
Out of Strategy Grant Making
The New Ventures Fund (NVF), a philanthropic pool of capital for Water.org, aimed to support an expansive portfolio of innovations to address the global water and sanitation crisis directly affecting people and communities.
October 2019
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Building Resilience of the Urban Poor (BRUP) Project
BRUP aimed to support communities affected by disasters in C&A's sourcing areas in Bangladesh. It was an integrated initiative that built the resilience of targeted communities to effectively cope with seasonal and unanticipated disasters and mitigate the impact of manmade and natural disasters on poor and vulnerable households.
August 2019
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Sustainable Raw Materials
As a convening initiative, Cotton 2040 was designed to accelerate progress and maximise the impact of current sustainability initiatives across the global cotton industry.
July 2019
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Gajimu.com/garmen - Transparency through mobile internet
The objective of this initiative was to strengthen the transparency of Indonesian garment factories’ compliance with minimum wages and national labor law.
July 2019
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UP! + Community-based, worker training programme, Bangladesh
The objective of this initiative was to improve the lives of workers in the Bangladesh readymade garment (RMG) sector by providing them with training on essential life-skills, individual and collective skills required to mitigate workplace risks and strengthen worker rights.
June 2019
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Accelerating Organic Cotton in China by Replicating Behavioral Change
This initiative sought to increase domestic cultivation of organic cotton in China and cultivate relationships with key actors to build demand for organic cotton. 
February 2019
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Giving Refugees a Voice
This initiative used social media to try and improve the working conditions for Syrian Refugees working in the Turkish apparel industry and ran from 2017 – 2018.
February 2019
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Ending Child and Forced Labour in Apparel Supply Chains in India
The two-year pilot initiative implemented by Goodweave, was designed to establish a new sourcing system, which over time will increase apparel supply chain visibility and offer improved working conditions for homeworkers.
February 2019
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Management of Long-Term Support/Education Support for the Children of Dead and Missing Workers of Tazreen Fashion
In January 2015, C&A Foundation and Li & Fung Foundation jointly set up a trust fund, the Tazreen Factory Victim Workers’ Children Welfare Fund (TCWF) to provide financial support covering basic needs for the 89 children of missing or deceased workers from the 2012 Tazreen factory disaster in Bangladesh
February 2019
Fashion
Reduction of Child Labour
The two-year pilot initiative implemented by Goodweave, was designed to establish a new sourcing system, which over time will increase apparel supply chain visibility and offer improved working conditions for homeworkers.
February 2019
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Multi Country Sustainable Cotton Programme
The Multi Country Sustainable Cotton Programme, implemented by CottonConnect and local implementing partners in China, India and Pakistan was funded by C&A Foundation with an overarching goal of promoting sustainable cotton.
December 2018
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Inspiring World worldwide campaign gives an insight on how to build a successful employee engagement initiative
Since 2015 , C&A Foundation has teamed up with C&A to conduct a global campaign that invites every employee to dream big, have fun and participate in raising funds for charities. Here the team from Inspiring World share their insights and lessons learned.
September 2018
Fashion
C&A Foundation Better Mills Initiative Evaluation
The Better Mills Initiative (BMI) was launched in 2013 by Solidaridad, in partnership with C&A and H&M among others, in order to improve the sustainability performance of textile wet processing in the fashion supply chain in China. C&A Foundation co-funded this initiative. The evaluation took place from October 2016 to March 2017.
February 2018
Fashion
External Evaluation of the Global Humanitarian Partnership between C&A Foundation, C&A and Save the Children
In 2015, the Global Humanitarian Partnership was formed between C&A Foundation, C&A and Save the Children (SC) and focused on humanitarian response and disaster risk reduction (DRR). The progamme was assessed on four areas, the partnership, humanitarian response, DRR and children's rights and business principles.
January 2018
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Cami
The partnership with Centro de Apoio e Pastoral do Migrante (CAMI) began in 2013 and remains active until today. This independent evaluation took place between April and July 2017 and had a dual role: on the one hand, to analyse its relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability, and on the other, to identify strategic lessons to improve the partnership and inform future initiatives.
December 2017
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Missão Paz
The partnership with Missão Paz began in 2006 and remains active until today. This independent evaluation took place between April and July 2017 and had a dual role: on the one hand, to analyse its relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability, and on the other, to identify strategic lessons to improve the partnership and inform future initiatives.
December 2017
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C&A Store Giving Programme
The Store Giving Programme (SGP) was established in 2006 and is active in 21 countries across Europe where C&A operates. Since 2011, it has been funded and administratively supported by C&A Foundation and implemented by C&A
September 2017
Fashion
Center for Effective Philanthropy analysis and benchmark
At the end of 2016, The Centre for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) was commissioned to conduct a “Grantee Perception Survey” on the C&A Foundation. Approximately, 47 partners highlighted both the positive and negative aspects of working with C&A Foundation and the areas for improvement.
August 2017
Yo Quiero, Yo Puedo, Mexico
The Yo Quiero, Yo Puedo (YQYP) initiative was funded by Fundacion C&A, Mexico and implemented by the Mexican Institute for Family and Population Research (Yo Quiero Yo Puedo - IMIFAP). It aimed to empower more than 2,500 employees (workers and mid-level supervisors) within Mexican apparel factories between 2014 and 2016.
June 2017
Fashion
Employee Volunteering Programme, Brazil
Since 1991, Instituto C&A and C&A Brazil have implemented the Employee Volunteering Programme (EVP). It engages around 2,500 C&A employees in almost 300 business units, in 120 cities, across 25 of the 26 Brazilian states.The independent evaluation assessed the last programme cycle (2013-2015) and took place between March and September 2016.
March 2017
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Networks and Alliances Programme, Brazil
Phase Two of the Network and Alliances Programme (NAP) introduced by Instituto C&A Brazil supported eight networks for three years (2013-2015). The objective was to 'promote the cooperation, convergence and multiplication of efforts between organisations and people to help children and adolescents in Brazil, especially related to education.' The independent evaluation took place in the second half of 2016.
March 2017
Fashion
From Boycott to Boom? A Socio-Environmental Map of Myanmar’s Garment Industry in 2016
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.
January 2017
Fashion
Clean Cotton
Clean Cotton (Without Child Labour and Exploitation) [CCWCLE] was initiated in September 2011 in the Indian state of Gujarat, for a period of three years and covering 25 villages. CCWCLE was implemented by terre des hommes (Tdh), Germany, and two local partners – Anandi (Area Networking and Development Initiatives) and Ganatar – with funding from C&A Foundation. The external evaluation covered the period 2011-2015.
August 2016
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Research

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Transparency Assessment: Examining the transparency journey for the Bangladesh apparel sector

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A Laudes-commissioned study into transparency in the apparel industry in Bangladesh reveals that while local and global initiatives are making progress, brands, manufacturers and workers are facing significant barriers to achieving more transparency in their sectors.

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Chemical Circularity in Fashion

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This report provides a preliminary roadmap for the industry to move towards chemical circularity, and key concepts are presented in an accessible way that requires an elementary understanding of the fashion industry.

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Mapped in Bangladesh

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Mapped in Bangladesh, an initiative by BRAC UNIVERSITY, supported by C&A FOUNDATION, aims to map export-oriented readymade garment factories across Bangladesh. The map presents a new way of working in the apparel industry. It eliminates duplication and facilitates cooperation while creating accountability.

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The Future of Sustainability in the Fashion Industry

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At a time when sustainability is receiving increasing attention – both from the public as well as within the business and policy sphere, there is still much unclarity on the future perspectives of sustainability (not only) in the fashion sector. C&A Foundation commissioned this study to reflect on these future perspectives in the fashion industry with the aim to make the results available and usable for the sector.

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Tax as a force for good

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This research demonstrates how pricing pollution and using the revenues for social impact could benefit low-income countries. According to the study it is possible to design policies that reduce resource use and harmful emissions, while at the same time stimulating the economy and creating jobs.

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Better Buying Report

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The 2019 Better Buying Index Report introduces for the first time, country-level analyses and examples of the purchasing practices of individual companies. These new findings illustrate the value of deeply analyzing business practices so that the relationships between retailers/brands, and their suppliers, can provide beneficial and sustainable outcomes for all. This publication had C&A Foundation support.

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Maquilando El Cambio

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Women represent more than 60% of the Mexican apparel industry workforce. This report, made by Hispanics in Philanthropy and the non-profit B Lab with the support of C&A Foundation, highlights both the circumstances that women workers face and the broader economic environment in which apparel companies operate, which significantly affects how these companies treat their employees.

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Life Cycle Assessment of Cotton Cultivation Systems

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In order to broaden the understanding of environmental impacts, C&A Foundation commissioned a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Better Cotton, conventional cotton and organic cotton cultivation systems, according to the principles of the ISO 14040/44 and to document the results. LCA is a recognized tool to measure and quantify the environmental impacts of production systems or products, also aid to discover improvement potentials.

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Key Lessons on Collective Bargaining in Bangladesh’s Apparel Sector

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C&A Foundation commissioned a consultant to develop a process document- key lessons on collective bargaining from Bangladesh’s apparel sector, that captures the effectiveness of CBAs as a tool for worker empowerment and a responsible supply chain resulting in a more sustainable fashion industry.

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Social and Economic Impact Assessment of Cotton Farming in Madhya Pradesh

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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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Social, Economic & Environmental Impact Assessment of Cotton Farming in Madhya Pradesh

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This combined report is the result of two studies commissioned by C&A Foundation on cotton farming in Madhya Pradesh, India. The American Institutes for Research (AIR) and its partner Outline India designed and conducted a social impact assessment, while Thinkstep India focused on an environmental impact assessment.

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Governance for the Circular Economy

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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.

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The Transition to Good 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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2018 Organic Cotton Market Report

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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

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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

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From Boycott to Boom? A Socio-Environmental Map of Myanmar’s Garment Industry in 2016

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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

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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.

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PAN report on cotton’s chemical addiction

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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

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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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