The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a trade association comprised of brands, retailers, manufacturers, government and non-governmental organizations and academic experts, and representing more than a third of the global apparel and footwear market, unveiled an updated version of the Higg Index, a sustainability measurement tool for the industry's supply chain.
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is committed to the continual improvements of the Higg Index, and the updated Higg Index 2.0 reflects 18 months of development effort.
This latest iteration brings the Index to an online platform developed by Schneider Electric, adding the ability to share users' sustainability data, increase accuracy and add measurability for new materials and processes, allowing for greater transparency and validation. This ability to share information between the entire supply chain marks a first for sustainability measurement.
The Index has also expanded its sustainability coverage by adding modules to assess social and labor impacts for manufacturers and brands. Further, Higg Index 2.0 for the first time addresses footwear by adding a footwear brand module and allowing for footwear facility assessment within the facility module. Lastly, the Index has improved upon its environmental content by improving brand and facility assessments and considering chemical impacts.
The Higg Index was introduced in 2012 to better measure the comprehensive environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products, and since then has allowed more than 100 companies to identify opportunities to reduce impacts and improve long-term sustainability.
"We are very excited to share this new version of the Higg Index with our members. Not only have we expanded the Index to be more comprehensive, but we've also added a new level of engagement where our members can interact and share knowledge and assessments on a level that hasn't been done before, and speed the adoption of sustainable measures within the value chain," said Sustainable Apparel Coalition Executive Director Jason Kibbey.