C&A Foundation

Introduction

The C&A Foundation is a Swiss-based corporate foundation, affiliated to the global retailer C&A. The foundation was established to fundamentally transform the apparel industry, in collaboration with the entire fashion industry – from manufacturers, government and local charities to major brands, including C&A.

Programmes and impact areas serving developing countries include: Forced and Child Labour, Working Conditions, Gender Justice, Sustainable Cotton, Field Building, Strengthening Communities, Institutional Development, and Circular Fashion.

The C&A Foundation has been sharing data on its commitments with the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate since 2018, covering its grant making back to 2013. For charts and analyses using disbursement data, commitments are used as a proxy for disbursements.

Private development finance

In 2017, the C&A Foundation provided USD 29.7 million in private development finance through standard grants.

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All of the foundation’s funding was provided bilaterally. Moreover, the C&A Foundation did not channel any of its funds through the multilateral system (multi-bi/non-core contributions).

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In 2017, USD 24.4 million (82.1%) of the foundation’s activities was channelled to/through civil society organisations (CSOs) and USD 2.2 million (7.5%) through governments. Moreover, USD 1.3 million (4.4%) was channelled through networks and public-private partnerships. See the methodological notes for further details on channels of delivery.

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In 2017, the foundation’s financing was primarily focused on Asia. USD 14.4 million (48.6%) was allocated to South and Central Asia.

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In 2017, 69.9% of the C&A Foundation’s activities was concentrated on its top 10 recipients. Support to fragile contexts reached USD 6.1 million in 2017 (20.6%).

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In 2017, 19.9% of the C&A Foundation’s activities (USD 5.9 million) was allocated to the least developed countries (LDCs). Lower middle-income countries received the highest share in 2017 (40.4%), noting that 28.7% was unallocated by income group.

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In 2017, 47.9% (USD 14.2 million) of the foundation’s activities was allocated to social infrastructure and services, with a strong focus on other social infrastructure and services (e.g. employment policy), and 33.2% (USD 9.8 million) was allocated to production sectors, particularly agriculture and industry.

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USD 1.1 million of the foundation’s activities supported gender equality. In 2017, 4.7% of the C&A Foundation’s sector-allocable aid had gender equality and women’s empowerment as a principal or significant objective.

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USD 9.8 million of the C&A Foundation’s activities supported the environment. In 2017, 40.9% of its sector-allocable aid supported the environment.

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Additional resources

C&A Foundation: https://www.candafoundation.org

Role of philanthropy in financing for development: www.oecd.org/development/financing-sustainable-development/development-finance-standards/beyond-oda-foundations.htm

OECD CRS database, Private philanthropy for development: https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=DV_DCD_PPFD

Reporting to the OECD since 2018.

C&A Foundation