The Opportunity

The SAC is seeking a highly respected industry professional with the experience and mindset to drive large-scale, industry-wide environmental and social sustainability programs that aims to deliver exponential positive impacts to people and environment in the value chain. The  Coordinator of Collective Action will play a key role in collaborating with members and external organizations to drive systematic change required to transform the apparel, footwear and textile industry as a whole.

 

Our two aspirational objectives include:

  1. Protect Human Rights – The SAC enables and supports workers’ rights, safety and livelihoods by 2025
  2. Combat Climate Change – SAC brand, retailer and manufacturer members achieve a 45% GHG emissions reduction in line with Science Based Targets by 2030 against a 2020 baseline. 

For the right candidate, the  Coordinator of Collective Action role poses a unique opportunity to facilitate and support the execution of Collective Action Program, through researching & preparing key data insights from the Higg suite of tools and other data sources in order to inform the type(s) of collective action required to implement across the entire global industry in the near- and long-term. The ideal candidate will be an experienced and organized coordinator who is passionate in environmental and social sustainability, experienced and confident in organizing internal and external stakeholders meetings, educating and supporting members to enhance their sustainability performance in the apparel, footwear, and textile industry.

 

About the Organization

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) was founded by a group of sustainability leaders from the global apparel and footwear industry who recognize addressing our current social and environmental challenges are both a business imperative and an opportunity.

Through multi-stakeholder engagement, the SAC seeks to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability built upon a common approach for measuring and evaluating apparel and footwear product sustainability performance that spotlights opportunities for technological innovation and priorities for action. The Higg Index, our common measurement tool, is currently in use by thousands of brands, retailers, and facilities within our industry. 

SAC is a fast-paced organization that has an ambitious mission that seeks to reward those who challenge themselves to provide membership and the organization with very high-quality deliverables and engagement in line with our mission. SAC values trust and strong relationships where team members collaborate effectively and support each other and the work across the organization.

 

SAC seeks a candidate who is / has: 

  • Mission-driven: Is motivated by sustainability and the mission of the organization.  
  • Team player: Has team-oriented experience and approach.
  • Tech-savvy: Has the ability to understand and manage a variety of technology and software platforms to support the organization.
  • Organized and detail-oriented: Is able to effectively manage many different moving parts (information, projects, software) to help keep the organization running smoothly.
  • Excellent communicator: Is able to interact with people of all levels in a confident, professional manner.

Learn more about the SAC and the Higg Index http://www.apparelcoalition.org/

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Manager and Director of Collective Action Program to support planning, execution and monitoring SAC’s collective action strategy and programs
  • In collaboration with Higg Index Team, perform research and analysis from Higg Index data to form key recommendations
  • Support creation of surveys, presentation decks, training materials development, and other collateral materials as needed  
  • In collaboration with global membership team, respond to members enquiries and update communication platform on a regular basis
  • Organize and prepare internal and external meeting agenda & logistics for Collective Action Strategic Council and other learning clubs activities.
  • Consolidate and analyze key impact data on a regular basis to inform leadership and the Board on the progress of Collective Action Program
  • Engage with member manufacturers and SAC Board/Staff to ensure and promote the concept of equal partnership between Manufacturers, Brands & Retailers across workstreams and member engagement.
  • Track industry news, trends and stories on various sustainability topics including but not limited to science based targets, carbon reduction opportunities, water stewardship, various collective action programs in our sector or other industries

 

Education, Experience and Skills Requirements

The ideal candidate has:

  • 2+ years of work experience in the apparel, footwear, or textiles industries, including direct experience developing and implementing environmental and/or social sustainability programs and practices with suppliers in production countries;
  • Passion for environmental and social sustainability and has the ability to inspire others;
  • Previous sustainability consulting experience in the manufacturing sector preferred;
  • Familiar with the environmental and social sustainability issues & relevant legislations pertaining to the textile, apparel and footwear sector, such as cleaner production, carbon reduction and science based targets, energy and water efficiency management, waste management and recycling;   
  • Experience in organizing, convening, facilitating conversations with members and a diverse group of stakeholders;
  • Good written and verbal communications skills; can articulate clearly your responses in meetings and through emails;
  • Good computing and data analysis skills
  • Good teamwork and interpersonal skills, willing to work in an agile way across different functions and different project groups
  • Organized, attention to detail, and ability to execute deliverables in a timely manner
  • Comfortable working remotely on international time zones 
  • Bachelor in environmental science/ environmental & chemical engineering/ environmental technology/ environmental management/ sustainability related degrees required, Masters Preferred.

 

Compensation and Location

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition offers a compensation package. The SAC’s members and partners are global organizations, and as such, the SAC staff sometimes work early or late hours. This is a full-time position based in the APAC region and preferably in Hong Kong.

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Inc. is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization’s achievement as well.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

 

To Apply 

To be considered for this position, please apply by submitting your resume and brief motivation letter here.

 

 

Are you passionate about sustainability and driving genuine change? Do you have an interest in the Fashion Industry?

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition are a global, multi-stakeholder non-profit alliance leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, manufacturers, non-governmental organizations, academic experts, and government organizations working to reduce the environmental and social impacts and are looking to appoint their General Counsel.

SAC’s In-house General Counsel will be joining the SAC at a critical time when the organization is growing and the focus on sustainability across value chains is also increasing. This role involves work that touches many aspects of global law including international trademarks and intellectual property, as well as green marketing claims with a regulatory overlay and privacy law. Knowledge across these areas will be required in order to successfully carry out SAC’s legal activities.

In-house Counsel will report to the Senior Director of Operations and will work with the outsourced General Counsel, the Senior Manager of Global Contracts, and other outsourced counsel to provide legal advice and assistance to SAC’s staff.

 

Responsibilities

  • Oversee the Senior Manager of Global Contracts on various projects and as a direct manager
  • Monitor and advise staff on legislative developments related to marketing and/or green claims in the sustainability industry
  • Monitor and advise staff on legislative developments related to international non-profit organizations including analysing statutes, regulations and procedures
  • Advise on and/or coordinate outsourced work on corporate, contract, compliance, tax, intellectual property, international non-profit governance, and employment law issues
  • Draft, review, revise, and negotiate a variety of contracts, such as agreements relating to ownership of intellectual property (trademarks and license), grants and funding from government entities and other third parties, services agreements with vendors and consultants, stakeholder collaboration agreements, and event agreements, collaborating with outside counsel as necessary
  • Assist Senior Manager of Global Contracts with ensuring organizational compliance with contracts and applicable law and regulations
  • Develop and update internal policies, such as anti-trust, privacy, and conflict of interest
  • Monitor and manage potential litigation and any requests for information and subpoenas
  • Oversee the development of training and workshops for staff and external partners
  • Partner with outsourced counsel and Manager of Global Contracts to develop and/or evolve legal strategies that impact SAC
  • Performing other duties as assigned

Required:

  • A law degree from an accredited institution and admitted to practice law in the Netherlands
  • At least 8-10 years of experience practising law in a law firm, public interest sector, or non-profit environment with substantial legal experience in marketing or “green” claims, IP, and contracts.
  • Experience with legal aspects of manufacturing supply chains, trademark, and/or professional services law is a plus.
  • Expert level skill in both written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage varied programs of work with a high level of autonomy using multidisciplinary teams
  • Excellent analytical, research, drafting, and negotiation skills
  • Track record of demonstrating professional judgement and discretion in being of service to multiple teams and senior leadership in a diverse and international organization
  • Exceptional initiative and proven ability to work efficiently and effectively in a collegial and fast-paced environment, both as part of a team as well as independently
  • Excellent organizational and managerial skills required
  • Being a flexible, proactive, and self-driven professional
  • A commitment to SAC mission and values
  • Fluency in English is required

 

If you have the skills and experience above and you are interested in joining a leading non-profit on their exciting mission, please apply here or contact Ricardo Pengel for more details on Ricardo.pengel@acre.com.

Diversity drives innovation and accelerates businesses and enterprises towards their missions. As such, we are wholly committed to partnering with clients and candidates alike to foster a more inclusive, sustainable future for generations to come.

Acre is committed to increasing diversity and maintaining a progressive and inclusive workplace, both for ourselves and for the organisations we support. It is important to us that we offer equal opportunities in the recruitment processes that we run. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age, marital status or whether or not they have a disability.

If you require additional equipment, resources or support in order to participate in the job application or interview process, please let us know by contacting the named consultant managing this search and we will work with you to ensure that your accessibility needs are met.

 

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Inc. (SAC) is seeking a highly skilled Global Program Manager (GPM) to drive cross-functional programs that impact multiple teams. The successful candidate also will bring project management expertise to help SAC team members understand and follow project management best practices, leading to consistent project delivery, on time and on budget. 

 

About the Organization

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Inc. (SAC) was founded by a group of sustainability leaders from the global apparel and footwear industry who recognize addressing our current social and environmental challenges are both a business imperative and an opportunity.

Through multi-stakeholder engagement, SAC seeks to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability built upon a common approach for measuring and evaluating apparel and footwear product sustainability performance that spotlights opportunities for technological innovation and priorities for action. The Higg Index, our common measurement tool, is currently in use by thousands of brands, retailers, and facilities within our industry. 

SAC is a fast-paced organization that has an ambitious mission that seeks to reward those who challenge themselves to provide membership and the organization with very high-quality deliverables and engagement in line with our mission. SAC values trust and strong relationships where team members collaborate effectively and support each other and the work across the organization.

Because SAC has been growing rapidly with an extremely ambitious vision, the organization seeks to manage the dynamic nature of its mission with efficient planning and effective execution. As SAC grows, the organization is implementing systems and processes at all levels of engagement to ensure strong governance and accountability. 

Learn more about the SAC and the Higg Index http://www.apparelcoalition.org/ 

 

SAC seeks a candidate who is:

  • Mission Driven: Is motivated by the mission of the organization and knows that success comes through teamwork and strong relationships with coworkers, the Board and members.
  • Business Acumen: Has a strong business sense and can decipher priorities and make sound judgment calls when needed acting on work that will drive the greatest impact across the organization.
  • Commitment to excellence: Performs duties at the highest level possible on a consistent basis, helping to increase professionalism across the organization.
  • Trustworthy: Demonstrates an ability and temperament to work with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Team player: Has team-oriented experience and approach.
  • Resourceful: Is quickly adaptable and able to think creatively
  • Tech savvy: Has the ability to understand and fully leverage a variety of technology platforms to ensure effective and efficient communications and work processes
  • Growth minded: Is willing to learn and grow within the role and in the organization

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Manage multiple programs of moderate to advanced complexity across various functions through a solid understanding of standard project management processes and flows. Projects may also include team-specific initiatives, and some projects are considered ongoing assignments.  
  • Work directly with Program Sponsors to set the goals of the initiative, identify the programs’ possible opportunities and challenges, and to report progress
  • Identify risks, dependencies and issues across multiple programs and coordinate mitigation actions. Present findings and recommendations to Program Sponsors and associated impacted teams through clear and consistent communication
  • Work directly with individual departments on projects that make up the program to ensure proper project planning through the development of time, budget and resource utilization plans
  • Develop program-level plans to track subproject timelines and progress
  • Assist project teams in budget development  associated with programs through project forecasting and anticipation of scope change
  • Foster close communications with the project teams in order to effectively collaborate on the overall program goals and progress
  • Develop and execute regular status reporting and ad hoc presentations for Program Sponsor,  partner teams, and staff
  • Perform other program management tasks such as preparing presentations, spreadsheets, scheduling meetings 
  • Partner with other staff on project management training specific to programs, and identify skill gaps that exist on staff
  • Partner with other staff on resource planning as seen from the program viewpoint

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • 8+ years managing global/cross functional programs in global organizations. 
  • Excellent communicator and influencer, ability to build relationships with staff at all levels in order to build consensus
  • Confident self-starter who can work under pressure, using their own initiative and with the drive to work to aggressive deadlines and to see tasks through to completion
  • Strong leadership and stakeholder management skills drive projects forward and ensure milestones are met
  • Attention to detail and high quality standards relating to project management documentation and processes  
  • A sound understanding of the project life cycle and different project management methodologies
  • Highly organized with the ability to adapt quickly if necessary.
  • Ability to work independently and manage various projects at one time.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • Work effectively in and with diverse communities.
  • Familiarity with Asana
  • PMP preferred but not required

 

Location and Compensation

Remote. AMER, EU, or UK.

SAC utilizes salary bands based on country location and aims to be competitive in each market. Actual compensation will also vary depending on factors including (but not limited to) relevant experience and performance. Salary is just one component of Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Total Rewards package for employees. 

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Inc.is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization’s achievement as well.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

Interested? Please submit your resume and a brief motivation letter here.

 

 

Full-time position, flexible/remote location preferably within the EMEA region 

 

About the 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 and programs 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.

The SAC is a fast-paced organization that has an ambitious mission that seeks to reward those who challenge themselves to provide membership and the organization with very high-quality deliverables and engagement in line with our mission. The SAC values trust and strong relationships where team members collaborate effectively and support each other and the work across the organization.

 

The Opportunity

The Senior Manager, Higg Brand and Retailer Program will play an essential supporting role in the management of the SAC’s Higg Brand and Retailer Program which enables hundreds of apparel, footwear, and textile brands and retailers worldwide to track their progress in improving environmental performance and protecting the well-being of workers.

This is a full-time role, reporting directly to the Director, Higg Brand and Retailer Program with a planned start date of June 1, 2022, preferably joining our team/office in Barcelona, Spain, Amsterdam, The Netherlands or remotely within the EMEA region. 

 

Position Description 

Brands and retailers play a key role in driving sustainable practices across the apparel, footwear, and textile industry. The Higg Brand & Retailer Program  guides them on their sustainability journeys and identifies hotspots and opportunities for improvement along their global value chain.

At the crossroads of global apparel brands, retailers, NGOs and other experts, the Senior Manager, Higg Brand and Retailer Program will be responsible for supporting the management, adoption and growth of the Higg Brand and Retailer Program and its suite of resources. This includes managing the feedback processes related to the Higg Index development, providing support across the SAC organization and to members, and working cross-functionally across the Higg ecosystem to ensure successful and scalable program implementation and iteration.

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the development of the Higg Brand and Retailer Program in close collaboration with our internal teams and external stakeholders.
  • Support in the project management of the Higg Brand and Retailer Program to successful launch and completion.
  • Support the development of strategies that contribute to the adoption and growth of the Brand and Retailer Program in our industry. 
  • Use a strong understanding of our industry to support the development of the Brand & Retailer Program that demonstrably leads to impact improvement.
  • Facilitate and coordinate the SAC’s member involvement process through the Strategic Council and Member Expert Teams.
  • Track and analyze the Higg Brand and Retailer Program adoption and performance data including the development and review of data exports, internal and member data reporting.
  • Liaise with the Higg Co team to support the development and testing of the Higg Brand and Retailer tool on the Higg.org platform.
  • Cooperate with policy bodies to engage government officials to align the Higg Brand and Retailer Program with the European Union and international regulation and legislation. 
  • Present complex messages in a simple way in both formal and informal settings including webinars, full-day workshops, and on-stage to 350+ individuals. 

 

This role requires:

  • Strong familiarity working with corporate environmental and/or social/labor program implementation. 
  • Working knowledge of the global apparel industry, supply chain and key sustainability initiatives.      
  • Strong familiarity working with ESG frameworks such as GRI, CDP, CHRB, …
  • Deep knowledge of the current sustainability landscape in our industry.     

 

SAC seeks a candidate who: 

  • Is motivated by the mission of the organization and knows that success comes through teamwork and strong relationships with coworkers and members.
  • Is solutions-oriented when navigating change and uncertainty.
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment, and aspires to achieve high levels of performance on a team.
  • Is comfortable navigating complex relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders.
  • Thinks ahead and proactively seeks to understand the implications of their actions.
  • Contributes to the increased professionalism of the organization by working collaboratively with teammates and stakeholders to ensure that processes and systems are robust and executed while honoring SAC’s culture of innovation. 

 

Qualifications, Experiences, and Attributes

  • 5-8 years of professional experience within the sustainability program of a Brand or Retailer in the apparel, footwear, or home textiles industries.
  • Project management and analytical skills.
  • Experience with multi-layered, complex projects with multiple stakeholders and a solution-oriented approach.
  • Technology and or survey development and/or implementation experience.
  • Excellent (English) written and verbal communications skills.
  • Familiarity with SAC and the Higg suite of tools and programs. 
  • Experience working with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
  • BA / MA preferred.
  • Passion for sustainability.

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sustainable Apparel Coalition “SAC” is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization’s achievement as well.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

 

To Apply 

Interested? Please apply by submitting your resume and brief motivation letter here.

 

 

Full-time position, flexible/remote location preferably within the APAC region 

 

About the 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 and programs 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.

The SAC is a fast-paced organization that has an ambitious mission that seeks to reward those who challenge themselves to provide membership and the organization with very high-quality deliverables and engagement in line with our mission. The SAC values trust and strong relationships where team members collaborate effectively and support each other and the work across the organization.

 

Position Description 

The Manager, Higg Index Verification Programs will be responsible for building, maintaining, and improving verification programs for the Higg Index suite of tools. The goal of the verification program is to ensure that the Higg Index and its related tools are trusted and credible measures for sustainability performance and benchmarking, with scores that can be leveraged for performance improvement and public facing communications.  This role requires an expert in consumer goods supply chain and a keen understanding of audits and assurance schemes with an interest to meet industry verification needs in a meaningful way. The successful candidate is someone who is a subject-matter expert and is experienced and confident in managing program contractors and facilitating stakeholder engagement.

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate member and stakeholder processes on evolving verification protocols and programs for Higg tools (mainly Higg FEM, Higg BRM and transparency program);
  • Manage the implementation of verification programs by cultivating a close working relationship with the Verification Program Manager;
  • Develop and maintain quality assurance for programs to ensure the credibility of verified scores;
  • Develop and implement projects from start to finish which drive tangible program improvements 
  • Increase program efficacy through training, calibration and other creative solutions
  • Identify innovative approaches to improving data accuracy beyond traditional auditing methods;
  • Engage with verifier bodies and verifiers regularly to improve program effectiveness
  • Resolve support enquiries in consultation and input from multiple functional leads
  • Identify user pain points and work closely with technology partner Higg to deliver meaningful platform updates
  • Measure program success and communicate the results;
  • Ensure Higg verification programs reduce redundancy in assessments while improving social and environmental results on the ground;
  • Present complex messages in a simple way in both formal and informal settings including webinars, full-day workshops, and on-stage to 350+ individuals. 

                                                                                                                                                     

SAC seeks a candidate who: 

  • Is motivated by the mission of the organization and knows that success comes through teamwork and strong relationships with coworkers and members.
  • Is solutions-oriented when navigating change and uncertainty.
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment, and aspires to achieve high levels of performance on a team.
  • Ability to delve deep into complex structural and/or situational problems and come up with pragmatic solutions
  • Is comfortable navigating complex relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders.
  • Thinks ahead, creatively, out of the box and proactively seeks to understand the implications of their actions.
  • Contributes to the increased professionalism of the organization by working collaboratively with teammates and stakeholders to ensure that processes and systems are robust and executed while honoring SAC’s culture of innovation. 

 

Qualifications, Experiences, and Attributes

  • 5-8 years of progressive experience within the apparel, footwear, home textiles industries or consumer goods industries, including supply chain management, audit and assurance programs;
  • Experience with management systems audits / certifications (e.g. ISO9001, ISO45001, ISO14001)
  • Experience of working with reporting frameworks such as GRI, SASB, CDP UNGC, National Sustainability reporting mandate by Government or stock exchange, market regulator or other comparable standards;
  • Project management and analytical skills;
  • Ability to make compelling presentations through PowerPoint, and crunch large datasets via MS Excel
  • Adept at working with remote collaborative platforms such as Asana, slack, etc.
  • Familiarity with SAC and the Higg suite of tools with a clear understanding of the difference in approach between Higg Index and standard audits;
  • Experience working with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
  • Excellent (English) written and verbal communications skills.
  • Familiarity with SAC and the Higg suite of tools and programs. 
  • Experience working with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
  • Passion for sustainability.

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sustainable Apparel Coalition “SAC” is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization’s achievement as well.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

 

To Apply 

Interested? Please apply by submitting your resume and brief motivation letter here.

 

 

Full-time position, flexible/remote location preferably in North America or Europe

 

About the 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.

The SAC is a fast-paced organization that has an ambitious mission that seeks to reward those who challenge themselves to provide membership and the organization with very high-quality deliverables and engagement in line with our mission. The SAC values trust and strong relationships where team members collaborate effectively and support each other and the work across the organization.

 

The Opportunity

The SAC is seeking a respected industry professional with the experience and mindset to drive large-scale, global impact through industry-wide environmental and social sustainability programs. The Manager of Higg Product Tools will play an essential role in driving the vision, direction, and implementation of the Higg Product Tools, which include the Material Sustainability Index (MSI), the Higg Product Module (PM), and the underlying life cycle assessment (LCA) data through MSI Contributor. These tools enable brands, retailers, and manufacturers worldwide to measure and track their progress in improving their product environmental impacts through better design and development decisions. 

For the right candidate, the Manager of Higg Product Tools role poses a unique opportunity to take industry experience and LCA knowledge and use it to drive and develop the standards, programs, and collective action across the entire global industry. This role will provide critical insight and management across many stakeholder groups in the advancement of this important suite of tools, and it provides an opportunity to help define and shape how product environmental footprint requirements evolve in the near- and long-term.

As the industry evolves rapidly toward true product-level sustainability assessment and performance, the SAC must continue to integrate the input of stakeholders into its tools and resources. This role presents an opportunity to engage with leaders across the industry, with diverse needs and perspectives, and work toward aligning on the measurement of product environmental impacts and identifying design and development decisions that will enable the industry to achieve their impact reduction targets. The ideal candidate will be an expert project manager who is experienced and confident in facilitating conversations among stakeholders with diverse perspectives, and has experience developing and using LCA data in the apparel, footwear, and textile industries and/or other consumer goods industries.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Project manage Higg Product Tool workstreams, including tool updates and program development through to successful launch and completion
  • Support in the development and maintenance of Higg Product Tool methodology and content to ensure the tools are meeting member needs, including the facilitation of Member Expert Team conversations
  • Continue to expand training materials that support the adoption and scale of Higg Product Tools, including “How to Higg” guidance, training and implementation guidance, and other program resources
  • Facilitate and coordinate the SAC’s members involvement process through the Strategic Council and Member Expert Teams, in order to gather input and feedback to complement internal expertise in development of the Higg Product Tools and programs
  • Collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders, members, and SAC staff to gather and synthesize feedback, prioritize initiatives according to SAC’s vision and strategy, and work with technical developers to implement improvements and enhancements to the platform, tools, and methodologies
  • Support quality assurance (QA) testing in cooperation with the technical teams on new tool features
  • Support industry education around life cycle assessment and Higg Product Tool methodology 
  • Support industry stakeholders in submitting data into the Higg Product Tools through the MSI Contributor by working with members to identify the most prominent data gaps and opportunities to solicit high-quality life cycle assessment data and supporting data submitters by answering questions about the submission process and Higg Product Tool methodology
  • Be an expert and representative on Higg Product Tools and Product Tool methodology for SAC staff, members, and external stakeholders
  • Support the tracking and analysis of Higg Product Tool adoption and performance data, including internal and member data reporting and the creation of communications, case studies, and white papers on the Higg Product Tool insights

 

Qualifications, Experiences, and Attributes

The ideal candidate has:

  • 5+ years of experience with developing and using life cycle assessment (LCA) data and related standards (such as ISO 14040, ISO 14025, ISO 14044, and EU PEF), including direct experience with primary data collection and creating LCA insights;
  • Familiarity with product design and/or development at a brand or manufacturer in the apparel, footwear, or home textiles industries. Experience with other adjacent consumer goods industries will also be considered;
  • Demonstrated project management, leadership, and analytics skills;
  • Familiarity and experience working with the Higg Material Sustainability Index and Product Module;
  • Ability to analyze technical environmental assessment methodologies, including life cycle impact methods, and explain them to stakeholders with varying degrees of LCA knowledge
  • Experience with multi-layered, complex projects with multiple stakeholders and a solution-oriented approach;
  • Experience and confidence in convening, facilitating, and leading conversations with diverse groups of stakeholders with a wide range of perspectives, and consensus building;
  • Experience working with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
  • Passion for environmental and social sustainability;
  • Has a Bachelor’s degree, with a Master’s degree preferred, in an environmental or an apparel/footwear or industry-related field

Reporting Structure and Timeline

This is a full-time role reporting directly to the Director of Higg Product Tools

Compensation, and Location

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition offers a competitive salary and compensation package commensurate with experience. The SAC’s members and partners are global organizations, and as such, the SAC staff sometimes work early or late hours. The successful candidate may work remotely, with a preference for North America or Europe. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization’s achievement as well.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

 

Interested? Please submit your resume and a brief motivation letter here.

 

 

Manager, Communications 

Full-time position, flexible/remote location, NAMER or EU

 

Position Description

The Manager, Communications oversees the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)’s membership communications, reports and special projects. The role serves as the liaison between the Membership and Marketing Communications departments.

The SAC is an independent and impact-creating organization that aims to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability based upon a joint approach for measuring, evaluating, and improving performance.

As a non-profit organization, it has members from across the apparel, footwear and textile sector, but exists independently outside any one company so that it can drive progress. The SAC’s collective action efforts bring more than 280 global brands, retailers, manufacturers, NGOs, academics and industry associations together. They represent about half of the apparel and footwear industry along the whole supply chain – from sustainability pioneers to organizations just getting started.

As a membership organization, effective communications to the global membership is critical to the SAC’s success, and this role will lead on how SAC members receive news and updates from the organization. 

 

Duties:

Membership Communications

  • Oversee membership communications, creating strategies and processes that support our strategic plan (new member comms onboarding, press release quotes, case study identification, maintaining member mailing list, monthly member newsletters, member emails, reviewing GMW and other event presentations, collecting/storing member quotes and stories)
  • Work in partnership w/ content manager to administer schedule for membership communications activities and identify areas for improvement
  • Manage multiple membership comms projects, as needed, and ensure deadlines are met for each project at each stage of production
  • Manage development of tools and resources that help members understand who we are, what we do and why we do it, and provide tools to allow them to communicate this information through their own channels
  • Work with comms colleagues to help ensure member stories are being told to external audiences and help identify members with stories worth telling
  • Maintain an effective communications calendar for member communications. 

 

Internal Communications

  • Serve as liaison between membership team and marketing communications team / Facilitate membership communication development in partnership with membership team and marketing communications team
  • Work with management to prioritize member information needs and recommend ways to streamline member communications
  • Ensure SAC staff are aware of activities related to membership communications, including posting regular updates through internal communications platforms like Slack

 

Measurement & Reporting

  • Identify KPIs for content being developed and regularly report on the performance of campaigns, highlighting successes and key learnings
  • Manage development of key SAC reports like the Annual Report and ensure they highlight the benefits of being an SAC member and tell the story of how the SAC is having a positive impact.

 

Qualifications and Experience

Ideal candidate has:

  • 4-7 years of experience in communications; experience in a matrix, membership organization a distinct advantage
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications or other related fields and/or related work experience
  • Proficient in GSuite, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media and emerging technologies
  • Knowledge of design tools like Canva, Photoshop and InDesign is an advantage, as are WordPress and Mailchimp. 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships. 
  • Skilled in online and offline branding strategies and approaches. 
  • Project management and time management skills. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

 

Reporting Structure

This is a full-time role, reporting directly to the Senior Director of Communications.

 

Compensation and Location

Remote, NAMER or EU. SAC offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Salary bands are based on the country of location. SAC is a global organization, and as such, SAC staff sometimes work early or late hours.

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Inc. is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization’s achievement as well. We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

 

Interested? Please submit your resume and a brief motivation letter here.

 

 

Full-time position, flexible/remote location, NAMER or EU

 

Position Description

In this role, the Manager, Communications will help to oversee all communications related to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)’s Higg Index suite of tools, which provides users with a standardized measurement of value chain sustainability. The role serves as the liaison between the Higg Index and Marketing Communications departments. 2023 will be a big year for the Higg Index tools, with plenty of exciting projects already being planned, including the launch of the Impact Dashboard.

 

The SAC is an independent and impact-creating organization that aims to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability based upon a joint approach for measuring, evaluating, and improving performance.

As a non-profit organization, it has members from across the apparel, footwear and textile sector, but exists independently outside any one company so that it can drive progress. The SAC’s collective action efforts bring more than 280 global brands, retailers, manufacturers, NGOs, academics and industry associations together. They represent about half of the apparel and footwear industry along the whole supply chain – from sustainability pioneers to organizations just getting started.

 

As a membership organization, effective communications on the Higg Index tools, which garner a lot of external limelight, is critical to the SAC’s success. This role will take the lead on how news about the Higg Index is communicated to both members and external stakeholders. 

 

Duties:

Communications

  • Work directly with the Higg Index team to ensure relevant communications are delivered on time and on message
  • Support the Higg Index team in responding to questions related to the Higg Index suite of tools, including those from the press and external stakeholders
  • Collaborate with relevant stakeholders (board of directors, Higg, members) and the Higg Index teams to develop regular report content
  • Collaborate with internal and external teams to collect and analyze data for relevant reports
  • Collaborate with Higg and SAC staff to support the development of Higg Index data analyses
  • Support the development of strategies and processes to regularly communicate data insights with staff (for reports, website, press, board requests, etc.)
  • Serve as the comms expert on the Higg Index tools to understand what questions we need to analyze for collective action and what should be communicated publicly and to members
  • Work with internal and external teams to process information and create data visualizations
  • Ensure a steady flow of external communications on topics related to the Higg Index tools, working with other comms team members to achieve deliverables
  • Ensure Higg Index content on the SAC website is regularly updated
  • Help ensure Higg Index experts are being well positioned in the media and at third-party events
  • Regularly engage with Higg to ensure communications are aligned between the two organizations and work to support each other

 

Internal Communications

  • Serve as liaison between the Higg Index team and marketing communications team / Facilitate Higg Index communications development in partnership with the Higg Index team and marketing communications team
  • Work with other comms team members to ensure effective communications on the Higg Index across all tools and channels, including social media, email marketing and the media
  • Work with management to prioritize information needs and recommend ways to structure and deliver Higg Index communications
  • Ensure SAC staff are aware of activities related to the Higg Index, including posting regular updates through internal communications platforms like Slack

 

Measurement & Reporting

  • Identify KPIs for content being developed and regularly report on the performance of campaigns, highlighting successes and key learnings
  • Support development of key SAC reports like the Annual Report and ensure they highlight the benefits and impact of the Higg Index suite of tools, helping to tell the story of how the SAC is having a positive impact.

 

Qualifications and Experience

Ideal candidate has:

  • 4-7 years of experience in communications; experience in a matrix, membership organization a distinct advantage
  • An interest (and experience) in data analysis and sustainability measurement a distinct advantage
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications or other related fields and/or related work experience
  • Proficient in GSuite, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media and emerging technologies
  • Knowledge of design tools like Canva, Photoshop and InDesign is an advantage, as are WordPress and Mailchimp. 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships. 
  • Skilled in online and offline branding strategies and approaches. 
  • Project management and time management skills. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

 

Reporting Structure

This is a full-time role, reporting directly to the Senior Director of Communications.

 

Compensation and Location

Remote, NAMER or EU. SAC offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Salary bands are based on the country of location. SAC is a global organization, and as such, SAC staff sometimes work early or late hours.

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Inc. is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization’s achievement as well. We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

 

Interested? Please submit your resume and a brief motivation letter here.

 

 

Policy & Public Affairs Officer  is an important role for the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). 

 

A radical change of the industry can only happen if all actors, private and public, work together to make the the consumer goods industry truly sustainable, with policymakers, civil society and other stakeholders identifying and recognising the work of the SAC and standardised tools, such as the SAC’s Higg Index as robust, credible and trusted solutions to enable transformational change. The Officer / Analyst will be responsible for supporting the Director in coordinating and undertaking key work streams of the SAC Public Affairs Strategy, delivering widespread and effective government engagement and education resulting in the work of the SAC and standardised tools, such as the SAC’s Higg Index, relevance and suitability in policy, legislation and country level strategies, ensuring that the coalition and the global consumer goods industry gives more than it takes—to the planet and its people. 

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Policy Monitoring 
    • Providing relevant, timely insights into European and member states legislative trends through monitoring and analysing policy developments.
    • Analyse the proposals  / Coordinate the develop of SAC’s position
    • Stakeholder mapping / Support and coordinate the engagement strategy with policy makers
  • SAC Membership Engagement
    • Coordinate the link between SAC members policy and public affairs teams, with efficient processes to ensure effective 2-way engagement and communication
    • Coordinate and connect the input of SAC members to and for the right channels (e.g. Policy Hub, Position Papers etc.) to inform and address upcoming policy proposals, developments, initiatives and challenges.
    • Provide members with regular meaningful communications, updates and key messages on:
      • Relevant legislative proposals, and implications
      • Links between the SAC programs and Higg Index tools and, existing, and upcoming legislation identifying clear implications, risks and opportunities for SAC members and the wider industry
  • Strategic External Policy Engagement
    • Support policy engagement with the SAC’s key strategic policy partners (Policy Hub, GFA, Textile Exchange etc.)
    • Coordinate engagement, with external stakeholders, (project partners, stakeholders, policy makers, relevant media), including communication, meetings, and more
    • Support external communications for the policy activities and messaging on SAC’s website, and social media accounts
  • SAC Internal Policy Engagement
    • Coordinate promotion and education of internal colleagues on the Policy & Public Affairs Strategy ensuring a shared vision, coherence and compliance across the SAC
    • Coordinate inputs provided by SAC technical experts to the appropriate channels (e.g. Policy Hub, Position Papers etc.) to inform and address upcoming policy proposals, developments and challenges.

 

Ideal candidate has:

Qualifications & Experience

  • 3-5+ years of relevant proven work-experience in Policy and Public Affairs
  • Knowledge of EU decision-making processes and EU institutions
  • A relevant and applicable Bachelors Degree, or Postgraduate Qualification would be an advantage
  • Fluent English skills (speaking and writing) essential – additional languages are a plus
  • Knowledge of the Textile and Footwear Sector (e.g. NGO, retailer, brand, manufacturer, research perspective) would be an advantage.
  • Interest and knowledge specifically of sustainability issues in the fashion industry or
  • other related industries would be an advantage

 

Competencies & Characteristics

  • Excellent organizational skills with a strong methodical process driven approach and ideally a good knowledge of Google suite, notably Docs, Sheets, and Slides 
  • Good communication, influencing and interpersonal skills with a positive and supportive attitude. Ability to interact and engage with various stakeholders in an international context
  • Ability to work with colleagues in a multicultural, multinational context to collaboratively achieve organizational goals always treating others with respect and care
  • An open, global, growth and learning driven mindset
  • Ability to multi-task and comfortable with ambiguity and handling complex issues 

 

SAC seeks a candidate who is / has: 

  • Mission Driven: Is motivated by the mission of the organization and knows that success comes through teamwork and strong relationships with coworkers, the Board and members.
  • Business Acumen: Has a strong business sense and can decipher priorities and make sound judgment calls when needed acting on work that will drive the greatest impact across the organization.
  • Commitment to excellence: Performs duties at the highest level possible on a consistent basis, helping to increase professionalism across the organization.
  • Trustworthy: Demonstrates an ability and temperament to work with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Team player: Has team-oriented experience and approach.
  • Service focused: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations of the Board and other senior executives by maintaining effective relationships with interested parties.
  • Resourceful: Is quickly adaptable and able to think creatively
  • Tech savvy: Has the ability to understand and fully leverage a variety of technology platforms to ensure effective and efficient communications and work processes
  • Growth minded: Is willing to learn and grow within the role and in the organization

 

Structure & Reporting

This is a full-time role, reporting directly to the SAC Director, Public Affairs. Ideally based in Brussels.

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Inc. is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization’s achievement as well.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

Interested? Please submit your resume and a brief motivation letter here.