Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) scores 6.5 out of 100 points in this ranking and has therefore started the journey. While HBC communicates nothing on sustainable cotton as a group, its subsidiary Galeria Kaufman commits to increasing its sourcing under sustainable cotton standards.
HBC does not communicate any policy on sustainable cotton at a group level. This applies also to cotton recycling and labour rights issues at the cotton cultivation stage. The group commits to not knowingly sourcing Uzbek cotton for the manufacturing of any of its products. Galeria Kaufhof, in its guideline on the promotion of sustainable products and sustainable fibres, commits to sourcing more sustainable cotton – but without a time-bound target. It sells textile products that contain organic cotton, mainly certified by the OCS 100, GOTS, or bioRe standards. These certifications, at least partially, address issues such as the use of HPPs, water consumption and biodiversity.
HBC does not report the volume of sustainable cotton used. On its website, Galeria Kaufhof indicated that it ordered private label textiles made of organic cotton (GOTS, OCS100 or BioRe) with a weight of 200 tons in 2016.
HBC publishes a list of factories producing private brand apparel and the Hudson’s Bay store brands, but does not specify a percentage share of production volume. The company does not publish information on its yarn and fabric suppliers or from which countries cotton is sourced. Nor does it provide details on the absolute volume of cotton used.