James Schaffer

Chief Strategy Officer

“We are at a critical juncture. Companies must effectively leverage complex data in order to drive sustainability performance, meet climate goals, and prove their commitments to ethical labor practices. I am truly honored to be a part of the solution at Higg."

James Schaffer is the Chief Strategy Officer of Higg, where he oversees partnerships, corporate development, and strategy. 

Before Higg, James was co-founder and Managing Partner of Schaffer & Combs, a strategy consultancy that served purpose-driven organizations globally since 2009. During his tenure, James led numerous strategy engagements with leading sustainability organizations, including the SAC, AII, ZDHC, BlueSign, World Resources Institute, B Lab, Rainforest Alliance, and Outdoor Industry Association, as well as with dozens of social sector organizations. In recent years, James spearheaded negotiations that established the industry alliance between the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), Textile Exchange, the Apparel Impact Institute, and ZDHC to drive efficiencies and accelerate sustainability efforts within the apparel industry. He also played a critical role in establishing Higg as a standalone technology company. 

Before Schaffer & Combs, James was CEO of Global Data Vault Corporation, a data storage technology company serving customers in the U.S. and U.K. 

James’s career synthesizes business leadership and growth through innovation and partnerships, and a profound commitment to social impact and environmental sustainability. 

He graduated from The College of William and Mary with a BA in Government.

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