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SAC Expands Higg Index Access To Non-Member SME Community

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is no longer limiting Higg Index access.

The environmental industry-wide group is now allowing non-member small and medium enterprise (SME) retailers to license the Higg Index tool suite. This allows the SAC to establish a more unified sustainability measurement standard and also help reduce overall environmental impact from the global apparel, footwear and home textile sectors.

The Higg Index tool suite is a common standard for evaluating and measuring supply chain impacts. This guide features universal industry standard assessments of environmental sustainability performance, increased transparency with industry member connections, unified training documents and the ability to assess company and supply chain sustainability performance on an industry-wide level.

SAC created the Higg index in 2012 to help companies, manufacturers and retailers stay on track with sustainability goals through a common tool. So far, 6,319 companies have posted 13,427 Higg Index assessments to promote sustainability transparency.

Increasing the amount of SME brands participating in the Higg Index also broadens the SME Access program’s insight on supply chain sustainability. With perspectives from numerous companies across multiple industries, the SME will be able to better assess preventative measures for future generations.

“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,” Sustainable Apparel Coalition CEO Jason Kibbey, said.