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Working to Protect People and the Planet

Businesses of all sizes can use the Higg BRM to measure the environmental and social impacts of their value chain.

From materials sourcing to a product’s end of use, the Higg BRM assesses the following life cycle stages of a product as it goes through a company’s operations, identifying sustainability risks and impacts:

  • Management System
  • Product
  • Supply Chain
  • Packaging
  • Use & End of Use
  • Retail Stores
  • Offices
  • Transportation
  • Distribution Centers

Connecting Value Chain Partners

By using the Higg BRM, conscientious businesses can track, measure, and share their sustainability progress with value chain partners, consumers, investors, and other key stakeholders.

Developed by the industry, this trusted assessment helps brands and retailers establish and maintain strong corporate social responsibility strategies and practices that promote the well-being of workers and the planet.

Communicating to Consumers

Consumers are increasingly curious about where and how their clothes are made. They want to vote with their wallets and buy apparel and footwear that reflect their values.

Consumers want to support brands and retailers that are socially and environmentally sustainable and transparent about their business practices.

The Higg BRM establishes a global standard for fashion brands and retailers to measure and talk about sustainability performance. For the first time we will have comparable data, for us and the brands to identify improvement areas. As an independent and globally structured organization, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition is positioned to drive this necessary change in the fashion industry.

Kate Heiny, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Zalando

The Higg BRM provides a holistic picture of value chain sustainability. This helps brands and retailers create, align, and embed corporate responsibility strategies into department operations.

Brands and retailers can use the Higg BRM to report progress on industry initiatives like Science Based Targets, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the G7 Fashion Pact.

Environmental impacts measured include:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Biodiversity/Land Use/Habitat loss
  • Deforestation
  • Energy/Fuel Use (or Fossil Fuel Depletion)
  • Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions
  • Air Emissions/Air Pollution (non GHG)
  • Solid Waste
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Chemical Hazard/Mgmt
  • Water Use/Water Scarcity
  • Wastewater/Water Pollution/Eutrophication

The Higg BRM enables brands and retailers to create stronger corporate social responsibility strategies that improve the well-being of workers across the value chain, from product development to a product’s end of use. By prioritizing employee well-being, companies support local communities, champion women in the workforce, and strengthen the global economy.

Social impacts measured include:

  • Forced Labor or Human Trafficking
  • Child Labor
  • Wages and Benefits
  • Working Hours
  • Health and Safety
  • Access to Water and Sanitation
  • Decent Work
  • Discrimination, Harassment, and Abuse
  • Sexual Harassment & Gender-Based Violence
  • Bribery and Corruption
  • Right to Health
  • Right to Privacy
  • Right to Security of the Person
  • Minorities’ and Communities’
  • Rights Land Rights