Brands and retailers play a key role in the long-term success of sustainable practices and communicating the value of sustainable fashion to consumers globally. Consumers are also becoming increasingly interested in supporting brands and retailers that are socially and environmentally sustainable and transparent about these practices.

Businesses of all sizes can use the Higg Brand & Retail Module (Higg BRM) to measure the environmental and social impacts of their operations and make meaningful improvements. The Higg BRM also supports these Higg Index users in sharing sustainability information with key stakeholders, including supply chain partners.

This trusted assessment helps brands and retailers around the world establish and maintain strong corporate social responsibility strategies and practices that promote the well-being of workers and the planet. The Higg BRM assesses a product’s lifecycle structure from materials sourcing through its end of use.

Environmental impacts measured include:

  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Energy use
  • Water use
  • Water pollution
  • Deforestation
  • Hazardous chemicals
  • Animal welfare

Social impacts measured include:

  • Child labor
  • Discrimination
  • Forced labor
  • Sexual harassment and gender-based violence
  • in the workplace
  • Non-compliance with minimum wage laws
  • Bribery and corruption
  • Working time
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Responsible sourcing

The Higg Brand & Retail Module allows companies to evaluate their environmental and social & labor performance, benchmark against their peers, and identify opportunities to demonstrate leadership. The beta version of this tool will launch in 2018.

The pressures on our planet’s limited natural resources and the challenge of climate change require prompt and concerted action from all companies. Brands and textile retailers have to take wide-ranging measures to implement sustainable management of natural resources to protect biodiversity, reduce their consumption of water, energy and other resources, avoid waste, and combat climate change. Thanks to the Higg Brand & Retail Module, the textile sector has a holistic and integral tool that helps to promote sustainable activities along the value chain.

Inditex, A Brand & REtail Member