Carrefour is a French retailer founded in 1958 in Annecy, France, and a multinational retail company that sells casual clothing for men, women, and children.

Carrefour makes apparel, accessories, shoes, and beauty. It operates more than 12,000 stores and has over 321,000 employees in stores, factories, logistics, brands, and subsidiaries across 30 international franchise countries where it does business.

Carrefour has a sense of responsibility and professional conscience, so it preserves the environment, and biodiversity and combats climate change. It creates better quality products with greater transparency.

Carrefour has committed to guaranteeing human health and safety, human rights, and protecting the environment. It also works to improve the climate and build sustainable relationships with its partners.

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Sustainability Rating: 4/10

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Category: Clothing, accessories, shoes, bags

For: Women, men, children

Type: Basics, denim, knitwear, underwear, loungewear, outerwear, nightwear, sandals, flats, sneakers

Style: Casual

Quality: Low

Price: $

Sizes: 2XS-3XL, 0-16 (US), 2-18 (UK), 32-46 (EU), 4-20 (AU)

Fabrics: Cotton, linen, hemp, jute, lyocell, modal, viscose, acetate, polyester, nylon, spandex, polyethylene, polypropylene, acrylic, neoprene, polyurethane, rubber, leather, wool, silk, down

100% Organic: No

100% Vegan: No

Ethical & Fair: No

Recycling: Yes

Producing countries: Bangladesh, Belgium, Birmania, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Spain, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Macedonia, Morocco, Malaysia, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam

Certifications: GOTS, BCI, FSC, Oeko-Tex, BSCI, Fair Trade

Sustainability Practices

Carrefour takes wide-ranging measures to protect biodiversity, reduce its emissions, and combat climate change. It wants to sustain the local economy and guarantee ethical farming.

Carrefour only uses a very small proportion of organic materials such as organic cotton or recycled materials such as recycled plastics.

Most of the fabrics it uses are either natural without relevant certifications, such as regular cotton, or synthetic petroleum-based fibers such as polyester, nylon, acrylic, and more.

Carrefour also uses a little amount of semi-synthetic fibers or regenerated cellulosic fabrics such as Tencel lyocell, modal, acetate, and viscose.

Tencel is an eco-friendly fiber made with wood pulp from certified sustainable forests. But only a very small proportion of the materials used by Carrefour are environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Carrefour publishes a list of all its manufacturers on its corporate website. It aims to honor its commitments to its suppliers and manufacturers and promote better CSR practices.

The 2021 Fashion Transparency Index gave Carrefour a score of only 24% based on how much the group discloses about its social and environmental policies, practices, and impacts.

Carrefour manufactures its clothes in Turkey and many other East Asian countries where human rights and labor law violations still happen every day.

The French retailer doesn't show any labor certification standard that would ensure good working conditions, decent living wages, health, safety, and other important rights for workers in its supply chain.

Carrefour has a code of conduct that applies to all its suppliers and subcontractors based on the regulations set by the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Carrefour assesses compliance with its Code of Conduct with audits in accordance with Initiative for Compliance and Sustainability (ICS) and Business Social Compliance Program (BSCI) standards.

Carrefour doesn't use any exotic animal skin, hair, fur, or angora. But it uses leather, wool, silk, and down feathers to manufacture many of its clothing pieces.

These animal-derived materials are cruel and unethical. They also harm the environment by producing greenhouse gases and waste. More sustainable alternatives exist.

Sustainability Goals

Carrefour has committed to keeping the global temperature increase to below 2°C by 2100 compared to pre-industrial temperatures. It will make its stores carbon neutral by 2040.

Carrefour plans to reduce its GHG emissions by 30% in its Scope 1 and 2 by 2025 compared to 2019, by 50% by 2030, and by 70% by 2040. All its e-commerce activities will be carbon neutral by 2030.

Carrefour also aims to source only sustainable and traceable raw materials in textile products by 2030.

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