Small brands often face unfair challenges in the global apparel industry. The Higg Index gives smaller brands and retailers the support they need to assess sustainability impacts efficiently.
A joint project between the SAC and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) facilitates Higg Index use among European small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) brands. The project aims to provide a common language to apparel brands of all sizes to help them successfully measure sustainability performance and make meaningful improvements. Twenty-seven SME brands in nine European countries are participating in the first year of the project, which will end in 2017.
Sibbe Krol, program manager Apparel & Electronics at IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative explains that collaboration is needed to successfully address systemic challenges and that a common language of sustainability measurement is integral to better industry performance.