The Higg Index empowers members to precisely identify areas requiring improvement and highlight robust actions to take. SAC brand and retailer members collaborate with the largest and most diverse industry network focused on creating transformative change.
Brands & Retailers use the SAC to:
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Drive efficiency and innovation
Higg Index data powerfully spotlights areas that require improvement, and delivers a functional roadmap to sustainable design choices. Efficiency is increased, savings are made, and innovation is sparked.
See deeper and reduce risk
Brands and retailers see much deeper into their supply chain than ever before, gaining essential information on environmental and social impacts from manufacturing and service partners at every stage.
They can evaluate potential operational risks, make more sustainable purchasing decisions and source materials and services of quality and integrity.
Brands and retailers engage with manufacturing partners in more constructive ways when manufacturers complete their own assessments and have them verified on the the Higg Index. They develop healthy partnerships and make better progress towards sustainability goals.
Save time and money
By streamlining the process of measuring, guiding, tracking, verifying and sharing sustainability performance, the Higg Index saves significant time, money, and human resources.
Collaborate with peers
By joining forces in the Coalition, brands and retailers not only share best practices and gain invaluable insights for their own businesses, they help to accelerate the pace of innovation across the entire industry. They also establish a credible collective voice with policy-makers on regulations that affect everyone’s future.
Engage with stakeholders
With accurate and verifiable sustainability data in hand, brands and retailers can demonstrate their sustainability performance to consumers and investors, which strengthens credibility and reputation.
Gain impact and influence
Small and medium-sized businesses also can gain large benefits: They can make cost-effective progress on sustainability, forge new business opportunities, and improve sourcing practices by finding reliable supply chain partners with robust sustainability credentials.
Learn how this timeless European outdoor brand utilizes the Higg Index to design its products and improve its sustainable operations.
The theory of change of the SAC is straightforward and profound: putting standardized sustainability measurements that are both deep and profound in the hands of key decision-makers in the apparel and footwear value chain will incentivize them to make better decisions that collectively reduce the environmental impact and increase the social justice of the entire industry.
Rick Ridgeway, VP Environmental Initiatives and Special Media Projects at Patagonia
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