C&A Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The C&A Foundation’s human rights related grants fund organizations that address systemic challenges within the apparel industry. It concentrates its efforts on improving working conditions and eradicating forced and child labor.

IP TAKE: This funder only works with registered nonprofits and does not apply geographic restrictions to its grantmaking.

PROFILE: Established in 2011, the C&A Foundation is one of the philanthropic arms of the global fashion retail chain C&A. The foundation operates separately from its sister company. Based in Zug, Switzerland, the C&A Foundation aims to “[i]mprove lives wherever C&A operates through educational, health, and disaster relief initiatives,” mainly focusing on addressed pervasive challenges in the global apparel industry.

The foundation’s grantmaking priorities include improving sustainability in the cotton market, improving working conditions in the garment sector, eradicating forced labor in the apparel industry, and building resiliency in communities in which C&A operates. The foundation applies its gender justice theory of change across all of its grantmaking programs to achieve “[g]ender parity in leadership and decision-making in the apparel supply chain” and ensure that “[a]pparel workers are free from work place gender-based violence.” 

Grant amounts vary anywhere from €10,000 to over €4 million. Examples of past grants include the Freedom Fund, which received a grant in support of its ongoing programs implementing programs to eliminate bonded and child labor in spinning mills in Tamil Nadu, India; and Anti-Slavery International, which received support for its European Action to Reduce Forced and Child Labor in Global Supply Chains initiative. Explore C&A’s list of grants to get a broader sense of the types of organizations the foundation supports and at what level.

The C&A accepts unsolicited requests for funding, beginning with a four-page concept note. According to the foundation, the grant process can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months.