This, C&A’s first global sustainability report, reflects our new global sustainability strategy and shares 2015 progress towards our 2020 commitments. Two of our regions, Europe and Brazil, previously published their own sustainability reports.
We've prepared this global sustainability report in keeping with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Core guidelines and the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact. All data, unless otherwise specified relates to calendar year 2015. This is our baseline year for measuring progress against our goals, but where possible, we have compared our performance to that of previous years. See the GRI index for more.
While we aspire to a GRI G4 report, there are several areas that we do not report. Because C&A is a privately held company we currently do not disclose economic performance indicators EC-1 through EC-9. In all other cases we strive to report on all standard disclosures as specified in the G4 guideline.
We report across our value chain where our sphere of influence is established. Unless specified otherwise our disclosure includes our entire value chain. In our supply chain we are striving to work with our tier-1 and tier-2 suppliers and will disclose information available. While we partner with C&A Foundation on a variety of farm level initiatives, we lack credible data on farm level social impacts. Over time we aspire to create closer connections with farmers and ginners that supply fibres to our tier-2 suppliers.
While we strive to provide accurate and precise data there are inherent uncertainties in certain data sets. All of our data has been collected and consolidated with Credit 360. Data points have been internally validated by subject matter experts. Greenhouse gas emission and water data, while using the state-of-the-art hybrid Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) methods can be uncertain due to to the assumptions used in the model. We used Monte Carlo simulation to determine the high and low point estimates for our carbon footprint with a standard deviation of 1.5 megatonnes—most of this uncertainty lies in the consumer use of our products. We plan to have third-party assurance of this data as we progress over time. In all cases we use best reasonable judgement and industry standards to collect, consolidate, and validate our data.
When collecting data or calculating impacts we only use industry recognised or multi-stakeholder developed guidelines and standards.
It is important to understand that C&A is a buying and retailing organisation that does not own its own factories. To be clear in the interpretation of this document, it is important to understand what we mean when we say the following: