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.
The Future of Sustainability in the Fashion Industry
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.
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.
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.
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.
Life Cycle Assessment of Cotton Cultivation Systems
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.
Key Lessons on Collective Bargaining in Bangladesh’s Apparel Sector
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.
Social, Economic & Environmental Impact Assessment of Cotton Farming in Madhya Pradesh
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.
Social and Economic Impact Assessment of Cotton Farming in Madhya Pradesh
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.
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.
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
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
Drip Pool Programme: Innovative Community-Managed Finance Mechanism
C&A Foundation’s Drip Pool Programme highlights the importance of agro ecological initiatives and industry-wide collaboration in improving the livelihoods of smallholder and marginal Indian farmers while addressing environmental challenges.
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.
A new report from the University of Sussex, titled Workers’ Right to Compensation after Garment Factory Disasters: Making Rights a Reality calls for the changes that are needed to secure compensation of workers as a right, rather than as a form of charity.
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.
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.
What incentivises sustainable fashion: Lessons from entrepreneurs
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.
The fashion industry is cleaning up, and so are Chinese textile manufacturers. Right now there is an opportunity to lay the foundations for a clean and circular business model in China. A new report by China Water Risk has found that the shift is happening, but not as fast as it could.
In May 2017, C&A Foundation commissioned Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation and Andaman Research & Advisory to undertake a study of the garment sector workforce. C&A Foundation and its partners recognized there was a lack of a strong quantitative evidence on the demographics and economic standing of garment sector workers. The report seeks to provide a first step towards understanding who Myanmar garment workers are, their lives, and how organizations can work to empower them.