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SAC releases Higg Facility Environmental Module
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Nov '17
Courtesy: Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Courtesy: Sustainable Apparel Coalition
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has unveiled early registration of the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM), a self-assessment tool that globally standardises sustainability measurement for apparel, footwear, and textile manufacturing. SAC is an industry-wide group of around 200 leading apparel, footwear, retailers, and suppliers.

The Higg FEM, optimised for use at an industrial scale, enables factories of any size to assess sustainability performance and share results with supply chain partners.

Developed by the SAC, Higg FEM helps businesses at every tier in the value chain collectively perform better by decreasing the negative environmental impact of manufacturing while saving money and improving their performance and relationships with supply chain partners. Currently used by more than 8,000 businesses globally, the updated version helps further reduce audit fatigue and improve performance benchmarking by measuring water use, waste, emissions, and assessing chemicals management with increased analytics. The robust tool allows business partners to collaborate more successfully to drive performance improvement across the value chain.

The SAC collaborated with the Outdoor Industry Association and the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Program to develop the tool’s new chemicals management section. The updated tool additionally tailors questions based on a business’ individual needs. Cut and sew factories, for example, will not need to answer questions about wet processes that do not apply to them. To ensure score accuracy and enable transparency, third-party verifiers approved by the SAC will confirm the data submitted by each facility.

SAC CEO Jason Kibbey said, “At SAC, we value partnership and collaboration, and depend on these values to move the industry forward. The improved Higg Facility Environmental Module breaks down silos created by the lack of transparency in our industry. With the Higg FEM, supply chain partners can better see one another’s performance and make valuable sustainability improvements in factories around the world.”

The SAC believes global use of Higg FEM can transform the apparel industry into a responsible and sustainable one. Through a campaign called Link by Link, the SAC is calling upon its 200+ members to deploy the tool globally at industrial scale, targeting 20,000 facilities and 400 brands to be online with the new version of Higg FEM by the end of 2018. (GK)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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