Global fashion retailer C&A has joined the Prince of Wales global ‘Sustainable Cotton Communique’. The pledge had been initiated at last year’s Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference and commits apparel brands and retailers to only procure more sustainable cotton.
So far, 37 major companies in the fashion industry have signed up to the pledge.
This commitment is supposed to help to drive sustainable practices across the sector. In turn, it aims to alleviate the environmental and social costs that are too often associated with cotton production, including the over-use of pesticides, the release of greenhouse gases, the depletion of local water sources and rising costs of production.
“By joining this initiative we – as the world’s No 1 buyer of certified organic cotton and the world’s No. 3 brand sourcing more sustainable cotton1 – have the opportunity to share our learnings with the industry on how to source and accelerate the use of more sustainable cotton. Our 2020 goal is for 100% of the cotton we use to be more sustainable2 . Today, already over 70% of the cotton we sell meets this standard,” said Jeffrey Hogue, C&A’s Global Chief Sustainability Officer.
“The industry is awakening to the necessity of sustainably grown cotton. It is great to see additional brands joining this initiative to accelerate the momentum of cotton production in a way that will positively impact smallholder farmers, water quality and soil health, said La Rhea Pepper, Managing Director, Textile Exchange.
The initiative had been endorsed by several non-governmental and civil society organisations and standards agencies, including The Soil Association, Fairtrade Foundation, The Better Cotton Initiative, Cotton Made in Africa, CottonConnect, Textile Exchange, Cotton 2040, an initiative convened by Forum for the Future and The Pesticide Action Network.
Notes to Editors
This announcement, made at the 2017 Textile Exchange conference, follows the launch of the sustainable cotton communiqué at a high level meeting in May 2017 that was attended by HRH The Prince of Wales and organised by The Prince’s International Sustainability Unit (ISU) in collaboration with Marks & Spencer and The Soil Association (UK).
With nearly 2,000 stores in 21 countries worldwide and around 60,000 employees, C&A is a leading fashion retail business. C&A welcomes and provides millions of visitors each day with good quality fashion at affordable prices for their entire family. C&A is an enterprise of COFRA Holding AG with a presence in Europe, Brazil, Mexico and China. For more information, see www.c-a.com
C&A’s 2016 Global Sustainability Report is available at www.c-a.com/sustainability report.
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