Solution by: Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Index Driving Sustainability in the Apparel Industry The Higg Index evaluates sustainability practices and inspires collective action amongst brands, retailers, and facilities in the apparel, footwear, and home textiles industries.
SOCIAL Social and labor modules have been included in the second version of the Higg Index in order to drive change.
ECONOMIC Companies scoring high on the Higg Index has a competitive advantage for attracting new business partners.
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ENVIRONMENTAL The Higg Index enables companies to assess their environmental impact and provides suggestions for improvements.
Developed by the industry and for the industry, the Higg Index is a suite of self-assessment tools for measuring the environmental and social performance of apparel, footwear, and home textile production. The assessments cover brands, retailers, facilities, and products, which help members to adopt a holistic and consistent approach to managing sustainability performance. Currently, over 2,000 facilities are using the Higg Index. Building and improving on version 1.0, the new Higg Index now incorporates assessments of social and labor conditions. It also enables companies to share and compare their sustainability achievements with peers and customers, creating an incentive to improve performance. WHY A SUSTAINIA100 SOLUTION? The apparel and footwear industry shares responsibility for global challenges such as water pollution and worker safety. To improve performance, collective action is needed. Whereas the Higg Index 1.0 only supported one-way information fl ows from facilities to brands and retailers, the Higg Index 2.0 can be shared with all the segments of the value chain. This upstream and downstream information exchange allows each segment of the value chain to take responsibility for its
own improvement and that of the whole value chain.
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“The Higg Index gives everyone a starting point. It also gives them access to benchmarking where they can see how they rate against their peers in real time.” JASON KIBBEY CEO, SUSTAINABLE APPAREL COALITION
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Published on May 26, 2015