Sustainability’s common language

The first industry-wide effort to change the fashion value chain at scale. Built by 250+ industry thought leaders and critical stakeholders, Higg Co is the most comprehensive supply chain measurement and improvement system.

Making "making" a force for good.

When you tie your design, production, and value chain into a comprehensive system for rooting out hidden data, you can tackle the fashion sustainability crisis head on.

Our tools, which span from design to end of use, weave together measures of emissions, facility safety, waste management, and worker livelihood. These tools are our best hope at achieving manufacturing sustainability with powerful insight into supply chain impact.

Today our tools are widely used in apparel and footwear, with potential to impact most manufacturing: toys, sports equipment, and home goods. Our mission to clean up manufacturing is moving into every corner of the world.

Measure. Improve. Repeat.

Learn your hotspots and plan improvements by measuring product, facility, and worker safety performance at each step of the supply chain.

Average Higg scores have improved by 19.6% in just one year, which shows that measuring is the first step to progress— and big savings in energy and emissions.

Powered by the coalition

Our solution was built by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), an association of 250+ industry thought leaders started by Patagonia and Walmart. This seemingly unlikely pairing reveals the urgency of banding together to solve systemic problems.

From major brands and nonprofits, all the way to governments and manufacturers, the SAC and Higg Co benefit from the insight of decision-makers across the entire value chain.

Thanks to their collaboration, we now have over 89 countries using Higg Co, representing almost half of the planet.

Sustainability is no longer optional.


Consumers who plan to switch from their preferred brand if another acts more environmentally and socially friendly.


In upside for the world economy if apparel & footwear industry makes sustainable choices.


Shortfall in supply and demand of water by 2030.

“The Higg Index allowed our management to identify facilities that needed more investment or attention. Using the Higg Index helped us identify areas that we might normally have overlooked for improvement in energy and other environmental impact areas.”
Demith Gooneratne, Environmental Sustainability Manager at Hirdaramani Exports International

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“The Higg Index is helping us to identify the exact saving results of our impacts. By using the Higg Index, and with more peers joining forces, we can do better benchmarking to keep improving continuously.”
Andy Zhong, Marketing Director at Prosperity Textiles

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“All the learning outcomes from my class are based on the Higg Index. We use the tool to help us start a dialogue with students about trims, manufacturing finishing, end of life, etc. It’s inherently a teaching tool — it’s very visual and interactive.”
Kelly Cobb, Assistant Professor of Fashion & Apparel Studies at Delaware University

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“Before the Higg MSI, there was no tool that had common life-cycle assessment criteria, methodology, and procedure specially created for the textile industry, and developed through global, industry-wide consensus. The Higg MSI is quite meaningful for the industry, because materials largely impact the sustainability of textile products.” ​
Hidenori Terai, General Manager of Toray’s Fibers & Textiles Business Planning Department​

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“Higg DDM makes it easier for our team to make strategic changes that have positive impacts on the runner and the environment as a whole.”
David Kemp, Sustainability Manager at Brooks Running

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“[Setting energy and GHG reduction targets] will not only make Pratibha a more responsible business, but also make us more profitable in the long run. This will ensure our business as a whole is more sustainable and competitive.”
Mrinal Bose, sustainability manager at Pratibha Syntex Ltd

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