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SAC Members Slow to Adopt Higg Index 2.0

Less than half of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) members have adopted the Higg Index 2.0 since it debuted December 2013.

Feedback from a recent SAC meeting in Vietnam left Higg Index’s developers shocked to find that many companies are still not using the assessment tool, which is intended to measure and evaluate the environmental impact of apparel and footwear across the supply chain, beginning from raw materials to a salable product.

Through a series of qualitative questions, the assessment tool aims to identify opportunities for companies to improve their sustainability practices and encourages brands to collaborate and share information.

Instead, the meeting revealed that half of the companies prefer to work on environmental initiatives on their own. Even Nike, which set the foundation for the Higg Index 2.0 with its own environmental, social and labor tools, have not adopted the modules.

With the information gleaned from the meeting, SAC said they will update the Higg 2.0 guideline and present a new version in October.

During the meeting, the coalition led discussions about its latest metrics tool, an analysis initiative, which examines the textile industry’s approach to developing metrics for measuring the life cycle environmental performance of apparel. Patagonia, Nike, Lenzing and Levi Strauss were on hand to share their view of the pilot.

SAC also presented its new design and footprinting tools scheduled to be released in 2015 and 2017.