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SAC Widens Access to Higg Index

When it’s deliver-or-die, supply chains become the lifeblood of a company. To that end, the fashion industry has embraced technology to navigate today’s hyper-complicated supply chain, with myriad solutions shaping the first, middle and last mile. Call it Sourcing 2.0.

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has announced that it will be opening the use of the Higg Index to non-member small and medium-sized (SME) brands and retailers.

As of last week, SME companies may take advantage of a special license for full access to the Higg Index through the SAC’s website, which includes the Coalition’s suite of tools that provides a common approach for measuring and evaluating supply chain impacts.

The SAC—which includes members like Levi’s, Isko, and Arvind—provides universal industry standard assessments of a company’s environmental and labor sustainability performance, while helping to connect supply chain and industry peers.

By increasing the number of small and medium-sized companies participating in the Higg Index, the organization hopes to bolster reporting and impact from a wider spectrum of the supply chain, increasing overall insight and value.

“Bringing small and medium-sized enterprises together with our existing users on a single platform to increase inclusion and access to the Higg Index is absolutely critical to establishing a common, global approach to measurement, and a necessary step towards our 2020 commitment of full industry transparency,” said SAC CEO Jason Kibbey.