New Sustainability Tool Helps Brands Evaluate Total Environmental Impact of Products and Pursue Circularity Goals

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New Sustainability Tool Helps Brands Evaluate Total Environmental Impact of Products and Pursue Circularity Goals

SAN FRANCISCO – June 14, 2021 – At the Circularity 21 conference this week in North America, sustainability insights platform Higg, in partnership with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), announced a new tool that evaluates the comprehensive environmental impact of products. Brands and manufacturers can use the Higg Product Module (PM) to develop apparel, footwear, and other consumer goods products with lower sustainability impacts, from reduced water use and lower carbon emissions throughout the value chain. Companies can also use the new tool to pursue circularity strategies — designing out waste and extending resource use — by examining the end of use of products and exploring how to prolong a product’s life.

“The Product Module helps MATE balance company growth and environmental impact, so that we can address the climate crisis,” says Kayti O’Connell Carr, Founder, CEO, MATE the Label. “We use the PM to estimate things like carbon emissions, water use, water pollution, and energy use of each of our products. We can see where we are doing well and where our largest impacts are, so we can make improvements. As we move MATE towards a more circular business model, the PM will help us gain deeper visibility into our supply chain impacts with data we know we can rely on.”

Higg is introducing the only software tool on the market that can help companies calculate at scale the environmental footprint of their products beyond carbon emissions. As companies commit to science-based corporate sustainability goals, the product tool will help them gain a clearer picture of their holistic sustainability performance and enable progress towards circularity goals.

Moving beyond a “materials-only” view of product impact, the new tool also considers design, manufacturing, packaging, logistics, excess production, product durability, care, and end of use, delivering a full view of a product’s comprehensive environmental impacts. More than 150 companies have already used the product tool to assess over 1,000 products. Many of these companies are members of the SAC, which developed the tool methodology, marking the completion of its Higg Index, a suite of tools, known as ‘modules’, for standardized measurement sustainability across the full value chain.

“PEARL iZUMi couldn’t be more pleased with the tools and data provided from the Higg Index,” says Aaron Kutzer, Senior Manager, Retail Division, Pearl iZUMi. “The Product Module and the detailed data it delivers inspired our new Pedal to Zero program which allows our customers to do what they love — ride bikes for fun, fitness, transportation and arguably, sanity — and now, also to purposefully offset the environmental impacts of the products they use. By scaling the Product Module, we can achieve our evolving corporate responsibility goals and even enlist our customers to help do the same.”

As corporate sustainability goals evolve, consumers and regulatory bodies expect the fashion industry to be more transparent. Brands need data that paints a full picture of their impact. The product tool was developed with these expectations in mind and can help companies prepare for anticipated legislation. It is the closest tool to the future Product Environmental Footprint, a new method for measuring product sustainability developed by the European Commission. For organizations with an EU presence, the Higg product tool is designed to evolve and aims to conform with the future EU PEF Apparel & Footwear Methodology.

In response to such developments, companies continue to step up climate change initiatives and are eager to signal their commitments to operating within planetary boundaries. Many focus on reducing carbon emissions as a starting point, in line with global efforts such as the Paris Agreement. Brands can use the new product tool to assess their supply chain Scope 3 category emissions from purchased goods and services as well as the impacts from the use of sold products and the end-of-life treatment of sold products, for a comprehensive carbon footprint assessment.

Following today’s announcement, consumer goods industries can move beyond simply measuring disparate environmental impacts of products, an important step towards meaningful consumer-facing sustainability claims, another area Higg is focused on in partnership with the SAC, as revealed by the rollout of Sustainability Profiles scorecards last month.

“The ability to link sustainability data at the product level, right back through all points in the value chain is an essential step in bridging the gap between real impact reduction and product claims to consumers,” says Higg CEO Jason Kibbey. “Smart businesses are recognizing they need to move fast and holistically to meet climate goals. It requires pace and integration that demands technology solutions.”

About Higg
Higg is the sustainability insights platform for consumer goods industries, delivering software and services for measuring, managing, and sharing supply chain performance data.

From materials to products, from facilities to stores, across energy, waste, water, and working conditions, Higg unlocks a complete view of a business’s social and environmental impact. Built on the leading framework for sustainability measurement, Higg is trusted by global brands, retailers, and manufacturers to provide the comprehensive intelligence needed to accelerate business and industry transformation.

Spun out of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition in 2019 as a public-benefit technology company, Higg is the exclusive licensee of the Higg Index, a suite of tools for the standardized measurement of supply chain sustainability.

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Alexandra Rosas
Higg, Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications
media@higg.com

Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Higg launch new program for publicly sharing data on a product’s environmental impact: Amazon, H&M, and Norrona among first to participate

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Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Higg launch new program for publicly sharing data on a product’s environmental impact: Amazon, H&M, and Norrona among first to participate

San Francisco, CA & Amsterdam, Netherlands – May 27, 2021 – Today, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a global multi-stakeholder nonprofit alliance for the consumer goods industry, along with its technology partner Higg, launched the first phase of a transparency program for publicly sharing data on a product’s environmental impact, starting with its materials content. The program provides a consistent way for brands, retailers, and manufacturers to share sustainability information on apparel and footwear products, across impact categories such as water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and use of fossil fuels. Built on a decade’s worth of tool development, consumer testing, and contributed environmental impact data, this first phase of the Higg Index transparency program is an important step toward a unified approach for industry-wide transparency – in order to provide shoppers with unprecedented visibility into a product’s real impact.

The main components of the program are the Higg Index Sustainability Profile and the Higg Index Materials seal, both of which are based on independent and externally reviewed environmental impact data from the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI). SAC members Amazon, Boozt, C&A, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger (owned by PVH Corp.), Columbia Sportswear, H&M, Helly Hansen, JustWears, Lenzing AG, Norrona, PUMA, Salomon, and Zalando announced their commitment to implement the first phase of the program on a wide selection of products available in the U.S. and Europe, ranging from tops and skirts, to backpacks and purses. At launch, the program will focus on the environmental impact of a product’s materials, and will expand over the next two years to incorporate additional data including manufacturing and corporate responsibility.

A primary component of the program is the Higg Index Sustainability Profile, which is a new scorecard for sharing data on a product’s environmental impact. Beginning today, H&M and Norrona will embed Higg Index Sustainability Profiles on their e-commerce platforms in the U.S. and Europe, with plans to scale up to additional products throughout the year. Participation in the program supports H&M’s longstanding transparency ambition to help consumers make more informed choices. C&A, Salomon, Tommy Hilfiger, and Zalando plan to implement Sustainability Profiles on their platforms in the coming months. Simultaneously, Amazon announced the addition of the Higg Index Materials seal to its list of trusted certifications for its Climate Pledge Friendly program, which helps make it easy for customers across the U.S. and Europe to discover and shop for more sustainable products.

“Transparency itself is not the end game, but it’s a critical step for transforming the industry and establishing a new era of accountability,” said Amina Razvi, Executive Director of the SAC. “By leveraging the Higg Index — starting first with environmental data and then expanding to include social impacts — we can help both businesses and consumers make better decisions, and drive collective action at scale.”

This first phase will focus on evaluating material environmental impacts, leveraging data from the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI), part of the Higg Index suite of sustainability measurement tools developed by the SAC. The Higg MSI is a tool used by designers, product developers, and analysts to understand the costs, benefits, and tradeoffs of different materials that serve the same functional purpose for a product (for instance, comparing a recycled fiber to
its conventional version). Using the Higg MSI helps companies create products with a lower environmental impact – and now brands and retailers can share information on impact reduction with customers in an accessible and credible way.

“[When it comes to competing concerns regarding materials], you have to take the holistic approach,” said LaRhea Pepper, CEO of Textile Exchange. “We are not comparing materials against each other; we are looking for the best in class. It’s about moving materials into continuous improvement.”

During the course of the program’s development, a stakeholder expert panel, consisting of academics and NGOs, has provided objective feedback, insights, and recommendations on the program, and the process was facilitated and managed by an independent third-party to ensure objectivity in engagement and input. Over the next 18 months, the transparency program will expand to incorporate environmental facility data through the Higg Facility Environmental
Module (FEM) as well as brand and retail operations data through the Higg Brand & Retail Module (BRM). By early 2023, the program will have expanded to incorporate social data from facilities, becoming the first holistic system for communicating sustainability performance across a product’s lifecycle.

“Change demands real performance data that indicates how well a brand, a supply chain, a product, or a material performs compared to others,” said Jason Kibbey, CEO of Higg. “With the Higg Index established as the industry’s common methodology, our technology can now provide that data out to the public in a consistent and clear way. We aim to serve both concerned shoppers as well as responsible businesses, both of whom are looking for better information to make more sustainable choices.”

“Fiber production is at the very beginning of the supply chain and sets the tone for transparency through to the end product. The growing transparency demands of brands and their consumers requires manufacturers to achieve certifiable standards that authenticate their sustainability efforts,” says Robert van de Kerkhof, Member of the Board of Lenzing. “Lenzing, as the first wood-based fiber producer to have Higg approval for Amazon products, is supporting brands and retailers using TENCEL™ branded products through an authentic verification process in issuing new product licenses. We remain committed to greening up the supply chain and are excited about the opportunities that this new transparency program brings.”

In the last decade, interest in sustainability has grown, and consumers today are expecting increased accountability and transparency from brands and retailers. With the completion of the Higg Index suite of tools and the rollout of the first phase of their transparency program, the SAC and Higg are now able to provide consumers with relevant information that can help them make more informed purchases. While the Higg Index tools continue to evolve with the latest science and technology, they are currently the most comprehensive and widely adopted value chain sustainability measurement tools in the industry. Through this launch, the SAC, Higg, and their launch partners will continue to learn and improve both the Higg Index tools and the transparency program, to not only address current gaps and opportunities, but also evolving consumer, stakeholder, and government demands over time.

“The Higg Index suite of tools delivers unparalleled sustainability performance information, enabling the apparel and footwear industry to evolve to a more sustainable industry,” said Sean Cady, Chair of the SAC Board of Directors and Vice President of Global Sustainability, Responsibility and Trade for VF Corporation. “We recognize that a significant amount of the industry’s impact takes place during the extraction and processing of raw materials. Across the industry, an objective, robust and accurate dataset is needed to enable sustainable material choices at scale. Through the use of the Higg Index, our industry has the tools, the opportunity, and the responsibility to elevate sustainable business decisions for the betterment of people and our planet. We encourage the rest of the industry to join us as we strive to create a more sustainable future.”

There is an urgent need for the industry to come together, particularly when it comes to collecting data. While the Higg Index tools represent incredible industry progress towards sustainability performance measurement, better data will continue to strengthen and improve these tools over time. The SAC and its members call on the various material industries to help build the most robust, current database possible, which will ensure increased data accuracy. By investing time and resources in gathering better environmental impact data, we can empower consumers to make more informed decisions about what they buy.

Transparency is essential to driving systemic change for a healthier planet and is one of the four core focus areas in the SAC’s new strategic plan. By 2025, the SAC is aiming to achieve 100% member participation in public-facing ratings of sustainable performance that are credible and trusted. This transparency program launch marks the beginning of a journey toward achieving that ambitious goal, providing a credible standard to unify how sustainability information is shared. Now, the fashion industry can rally behind this trusted data-backed solution for end-to-end performance reporting and help consumers make more informed choices.

About the Sustainable Apparel Coalition
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is a global multi-stakeholder nonprofit alliance for the consumer goods industry. It’s made up of more than 250 leading apparel, footwear and textile, brands, retailers, suppliers, service providers, trade associations, nonprofits, NGOs and academic institutions working to reduce environmental impact and promote social justice throughout the global value chain. Leveraging the Higg Index suite of tools for the standardized measurement of value chain sustainability, the SAC is working to transform business for exponential impact.

The SAC was incorporated as a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools in 2011. In May 2019, the SAC spun-off the Higg Index technology platform to Higg, which delivers tools and services that help consumer goods businesses accelerate transformation for a more sustainable future. For more information, visit www.apparelcoalition.org.

About Higg
Higg is the sustainability insights platform for consumer goods industries, delivering software and services for measuring, managing, and sharing supply chain performance data.

From materials to products, from facilities to stores, across energy, waste, water, and working conditions, Higg unlocks a complete view of a business’s social and environmental impact.

Built on the leading framework for sustainability measurement, Higg is trusted by global brands, retailers, and manufacturers to provide the comprehensive intelligence needed to accelerate business and industry transformation.

Spun out of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition in 2019 as a public-benefit technology company, Higg is the exclusive licensee of the Higg Index, a suite of tools for the standardized measurement of supply chain sustainability.

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Media Contact, Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Sheila Estaniel

SAC, Director of Communications

press@apparelcoalition.org


Media Contact, Higg

Alexandra Rosas

Higg, Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications

media@higg.com

Sustainability tech platform Higg marks two years; prepares to expand impact

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Sustainability tech platform Higg marks two years; prepares to expand impact

Already delivering the apparel industry standard, Higg readies to bring value chain sustainability solutions
to more consumer verticals.

SAN FRANCISCO — May 20, 2021 — Higg, a technology platform that enables consumer goods
companies to measure, manage, and share the social and environmental impacts of their value chain,
today celebrates its second year since forming as a public benefit company.

After quickly becoming the apparel industry go-to for sustainability measurement, Higg is rapidly moving
into new verticals, with its network of primary impact data that helps businesses understand and improve
the sustainability of their entire operations.

Following a spin out from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition in 2019 and a Series A funding round, Higg
invested in on-platform analytics, began offering licensed API access, and announced partnerships offering
complementary assessments and data. The company is focused on developing a comprehensive platform
for sustainability insights for responsible consumer goods businesses, beginning with fashion.

These technology investments have helped Higg realize significant markers of success: since 2019,
manufacturer environmental scores have improved nearly 20%; Higg has broadened its reach from
20,000+ users to more than 45,000, including tens of thousands of manufacturers; and more than 500
fashion brands have committed to using its brand and retail tool. Users are completing their assessments
faster, and nearly half of users have shared their results with more than one value chain partner, effectively
improving transparency within the value chain. Higg has also seen financial progress and team expansion,
building out its leadership team with former executives from Nike Inc. and Microsoft, and growing from 20
employees in 2019 to 73 team members today.

“As a tech company we’re able to innovate, move fast, and scale quickly to help bring solutions to our
urgent climate situation,” says Higg Chief Executive Officer, Jason Kibbey. “The clock is ticking and
consumer goods industries need to make more than small, independent measures to reduce their overall
impact. It is time to bring holistic insights to industries, and the kinds of tools that can identify data-driven
solutions within the complexity of global value chains and add up to change at scale.”

Higg delivers deep data and analytics about the social and environmental impacts of businesses’ value
chain operations. By utilizing its tools and services, companies can meet environmental goals faster,
mitigate value chain risks, and deliver on customer expectations. “It took 10 years and significant external
pressure for the fashion industry to get where it is today, finally using data to assess and address its
footprint. All consumer goods industries need to move faster to address climate change and social impact,
using sustainability data that is comparable and contextualized,” says Kibbey.

The high-quality data and analytics within the Higg platform unlock a comprehensive view of a business’
social and environmental impacts in value chain operations, from materials to products, factories to stores,
across energy, waste, water, and working conditions, and deliver tools, data reports, and analytics to
consumer goods industries professionals and C-Suite leaders.

“We’re at the start of what’s possible,” says Kibbey. “We started with the apparel industry, but our platform
can serve other industries effectively and demonstrate that sustainable improvements are good for
business. Recognizing there is no single ‘silver bullet’ and businesses are at different points in their impact
reduction journeys, we’re also progressively adding new integration capabilities and data sets.”

Higg’s Impact At-a-Glance on Its Second Anniversary

  • Higg represents users in 120 countries.
  • Higg has seen over 70% user growth since 2019.
  • There are more than 45,000 Higg users today.
  • More than 500 fashion brands are committed to using the brand & retail tool.
  • Manufacturer environmental scores have improved nearly 20% since 2019.
  • Nearly 60,000 performance reports shared between supply chain partners since 2019.
  • Factories are completing assessments faster — from 250 to 115 days.
  • Nearly half of users are sharing assessments with more than one supply chain partner.

Higg is also a signatory to America Is All In, a statement from communities, businesses, and institutions
calling on the Biden Administration and the U.S. Congress to prioritize a climate change agenda.

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About Higg
Higg is the sustainability insights platform for consumer goods businesses, delivering software and
services for measuring, managing, and sharing value chain performance data. Higg helps businesses take
responsibility for their entire impact – from materials to products, from factories to stores, across energy,
waste, water, and working conditions. Our tools gather and organize primary data on environmental and
social impact at each step of the value chain, providing the comprehensive intelligence needed to move
from insight to action. Built on the leading framework for sustainability measurement, Higg is trusted by
brands, retailers, and manufacturers across the globe – accelerating progress for individual businesses and
entire industries.

Media Contact
Higg
Alexandra Rosas
Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications
media@higg.com

More Than 500 Brands to Adopt Higg Brand & Retail Tool to Measure Social & Environmental Value Chain Impacts

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More Than 500 Brands to Adopt Higg Brand & Retail Tool to Measure Social & Environmental Value Chain Impacts

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. – March 1, 2021 – More than 500 global brands have committed to using the latest version of the Higg Brand & Retail Module (BRM), a value chain sustainability assessment tool released today by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and its technology partner Higg. Walmart; Patagonia; Nike, Inc.; H&M; and VF Corporation are among the companies that will use the Higg BRM over the next two years to gain a deeper understanding of their own operations and their value chain practices with the goal of improving social and environmental impacts and working together to fight the climate crisis.
 

Starting today through June 30, SAC member brands and retailers have the opportunity to use the Higg BRM to self-assess the social and environmental sustainability performance of their 2020 business and value chain operations. Then, from May to December, companies have the option to verify their self-assessments through an approved third-party verification body.

One of the five Higg Index sustainability measurement tools, the Higg BRM enables evaluation of the social and environmental impacts of brands across a wide range of business operations, from packaging and transportation of goods, to the environmental impact of stores and offices and the well-being of factory employees. The assessment measures 11 environmental impact areas and 16 social impact areas. Through the Higg sustainability platform, companies of all sizes can uncover opportunities to improve their supply chains, from lowering carbon emissions, reducing water use, and ensuring supply chain workers are treated fairly.

“As part of our sustainability strategy, do.MORE, we have committed to continuously increase our ethical standards and by 2023 only work with partners who align with them,” said Kate Heiny, Director Sustainability at Zalando SE. “We are excited to be collaborating with the SAC to scale a global standard around measurement of brand performance. By using the Higg BRM as the basis for our mandatory brand assessments, we have comparable sustainability data at brand level to jointly develop standards that move us forward as an industry.”

“The Higg BRM helped us come together and collect meaningful data points to continue our development of a responsible, purpose-driven brand,” said Claudia Boyer, Design Director for Buffalo Corporate Men. “It allowed us to benchmark our current environmental performance and set bold targets for reduction of chemicals and water consumption in our denim production. The Higg BRM fueled our appetite for continuous improvement of our sustainability performance.”

“As Ardene grows and scales to new markets, it’s important for us to continue to prioritize social and environmental performance. What better way to guide us than with the Higg BRM, whose holistic approach reflects our own brand values of inclusivity and empowerment,” said Donna Cohen, Ardene Sustainability Lead. “The Higg BRM has helped us to pinpoint where we need to put more effort in order for us to reach our sustainability goals, and equally importantly has helped expand our focus on sustainability to our entire supply chain.”

In Europe, where corporate sustainability is at the forefront of the regulatory agenda, businesses must ensure their operations follow responsible practices. Companies can use the Higg BRM to get ahead of the curve when it comes to future legislative regulations. They can evaluate their value chain practices and their partners’ practices against the baseline of the anticipated policy following the OECD Due Diligence guidance for the apparel and footwear sector. The latest version of the Higg BRM features a responsible purchasing practices section, emphasizing the importance of integrating due diligence into sourcing decision making processes. This update reflects the evolving nature of the Higg Index, and the SAC’s and Higg’s commitment to transforming consumer goods industries through the Higg tools and technology. By design, the tools will continue to evolve, leveraging new data, technology, and regulations to help brands identify key risks and opportunities to reduce impact.

“In 2025 we aim to sell only more sustainable brands; defined as brands who have completed an OECD aligned due diligence process and who work to address their most material impacts with clear progress. The Higg BRM plays a critical role in our journey as it will offer us deep insight and data across all value chain aspects: from materials and production processes to logistics and end of life,” said de Bijenkorf Head of Sustainable Business, Justin Pariag. “We will use this information to better understand our brand partners’ sustainability ambitions, progress, and challenges, so that we can highlight and celebrate their successes and work collectively on improvements.”

Another new feature of Higg BRM is its alignment with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), facilitating the streamlining of data entry around carbon emissions. The CDP supports thousands of companies, cities, states, and regions to measure and manage their risks and opportunities on climate change, water security, and deforestation. When companies use Higg, they will save time on carbon data collection, alleviating reporting fatigue. They can increasingly use Higg as a “one-stopshop” for sustainability assessment and data analytics and leverage comprehensive insights without having to duplicate efforts already undertaken for other assessments.

To gain the most out of the Higg tools and accelerate sustainability improvement, companies integrate them into their internal supply chain and product life cycle management systems through API technology. Future plans for the Higg BRM include integration with other Higg tools and systems to further simplify data collection efforts while providing a full view of end-to-end supply chain impacts and improvement opportunities.

“Benetton Group is dedicated to becoming an agent of social and environmental change, creating increasingly sustainable products and promoting the development of individuals and their communities,” said Roberto Taiariol, Internal Audit & Sustainability Director, Benetton Group. “We use the Higg BRM as a tool to measure the social and environmental performance of our value chain and to plan for the future. Over the coming years sustainability will be a driver of development and the BRM assessment will help us invest in more sustainable products, build a supply chain that is even more respectful of the environment and workers’ rights, make our stores and campus more energy efficient, and commit to reduce waste.”

Aligned measurement and reporting standards globally will play a crucial role in enabling the industry to more effectively address key global sustainability challenges, including climate change. The SAC, working together with Higg, will continue to evolve and develop the Higg BRM in order to make sustainability assessments even more widely accessible.

“The Higg BRM offers our industry better transparency and focus so that we can work constructively together on a more sustainable future and this focus is needed as there is still a long road ahead,” Pariag said.

Media Contact
Higg
Alexandra Rosas
Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications
media@higg.com

About Higg
Higg is the sustainability insights platform for consumer goods industries, delivering software and services for measuring, managing, and sharing supply chain performance data. From materials to products, from facilities to stores, across energy, waste, water, and working conditions, Higg unlocks a complete view of a business’s social and environmental impact, enabling transparency to drive impact.

Built on the leading framework for sustainability measurement, Higg is trusted by global brands, retailers, and manufacturers to provide the comprehensive intelligence needed to accelerate individual and industry transformation.

Spun out of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition in 2019 as a public-benefit technology company, Higg is the exclusive licensee of the Higg Index, a suite of tools for the standardized measurement of supply chain sustainability.

About Sustainable Apparel Coalition
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is an industry-wide group of more than 250 leading apparel, footwear and textile, brands, retailers, suppliers, service providers, trade associations, nonprofits, NGOs and academic institutions working to reduce environmental impact and promote social justice throughout the global value chain. Leveraging the Higg Index suite of tools for the standardized measurement of value chain sustainability, the SAC is working to transform business for exponential impact.

The SAC was incorporated as a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools in 2011. In May 2019, the SAC spun-off the Higg Index technology platform to Higg, which delivers tools and services that help consumer goods businesses accelerate transformation for a more sustainable future. For more information, visit www.apparelcoalition.org.

Sedex Sustainability Portfolio to Feature Leading Higg Environmental Assessment for Facilities

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Sedex Sustainability Portfolio to Feature Leading Higg Environmental Assessment for Facilities

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. — December 15, 2020 — Technology company Higg Co and responsible sourcing organization Sedex today announced a new partnership that expands access to the Higg facility environmental assessment to Sedex members. The companies will also begin exploring ways to make social and environmental data easier to share between the platforms, streamlining supply chain communications between suppliers and their buying organizations. This new collaboration aims to broaden global due diligence efforts across industries and strengthen communications and transparency between supply chain partners.

“We believe that this joint effort will provide companies with greater supply chain transparency, allow them to share solutions to industry-wide challenges, and reduce audit fatigue to better direct resources to improve labor and environmental conditions,” says Claudia Sandoval, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship at Gildan, a Sedex member.

“Sedex is a trusted leader in sustainability management across more than thirty industries around the world,” says Jason Kibbey, Higg Co CEO. “This partnership introduces Higg data to Sedex members and creates new ways for environmental
and social sustainability data to flow across platforms. We are eager to provide Higg users and Sedex members with a more seamless experience and help businesses streamline how they manage sustainability assessments.”

The goal of the partnership is to create one of the largest supply chain platform integrations to date, representing social and environmental sustainability assessments in more than 180 countries and improving supply chain transparency for businesses globally.

“I am excited Sedex is partnering with Higg Co, a global leader in the environmental assessment of supply chains. We are pleased to enable our members and Higg users to share social and environmental sustainability data across platforms, improving how they collaborate and communicate with supply chain partners,” says Simon McCalla, Sedex CEO. “The partnership will strengthen the integration of social and environmental sustainability data, which is greatly needed to tackle issues that affect working conditions and the environment in supply chains.”

The Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM), whose methodology is developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), has quickly become a standardized industry tool that empowers brands, retailers, and manufacturers in the apparel and footwear industry to identify and prioritize opportunities for performance improvements.

Higg Co and Sedex are together committed to reducing audit fatigue; a common result of repetitive, duplicative assessments completed by suppliers at the request of buyers.

Both organizations support unification of sustainability metrics at a global scale and increased supply chain transparency. This partnership helps bring that vision a step closer to reality.

Media Contact
Higg Co
Alexandra Rosas
Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications
media@higg.com

About Higg Co
Higg Co is a technology company formed to deliver and support unified sustainability performance management tools for consumer goods industries, beginning with the apparel, footwear, and textile sector. Higg Co offers a comprehensive supply chain measurement and improvement system and supports implementation of the Higg Index, with sustainability software that provides powerful insight into supply chain sustainability impact. Higg Co offers the only end-to-end value chain sustainability performance framework available, enabling businesses to make meaningful improvements that protect the environment, people and communities. Higg Co is a Public Benefit LLC. www.higg.com

Media Contact
Sedex
Jessica McGoverne
Director of Corporate Affairs
jessica.mcgoverne@sedex.com

About Sedex
Sedex is one of the world’s leading ethical trade organizations that empowers companies to implement responsible business practices and policies to build a responsible business and supply chain. Sedex provides businesses with the practical tools, technology and guidance needed to operate ethically, source responsibly and work with suppliers to create fair working conditions for the people who make their products and services.

Formed in the UK in 2004, Sedex operates six offices from Santiago to Sydney to support over 60,000 member businesses in 180 countries. Sedex provides a wide range of supply chain due diligence tools, including the leading social audit methodology SMETA and the world’s largest ethical data exchange platform. Members use Sedex to manage business risk, meet compliance and drive positive impacts for people and the environment.

Visit their website for more information.

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