Apparel, footwear, and textile production takes place at thousands of facilities around the world. Each facility plays a key role in the overall sustainability of the industry. The Higg Facility Tools offer standardized social and environmental assessments that facilitate conversations among value chain partners to socially and environmentally improve every tier in the global value chain.
Standardizing the Measurement of Social and Environmental Impacts in Facilities
Hear from SAC member Pratibha Syntex about why they use the Higg Index in their facilities.
Higg Facility Environmental Module
The environmental cost of producing and wearing clothes is high. Making a typical pair of jeans can require nearly 2,000 gallons of water and 400 megajoules of energy. Once purchased, caring for that same pair of jeans throughout its lifespan can emit more than 30 kilograms of carbon dioxide. That’s equivalent to driving a car 78 miles.
The Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) informs manufacturers, brands, and retailers about the environmental performance of their individual facilities, empowering them to scale sustainability improvements.
The Higg FEM provides facilities a clear picture of their environmental impacts. It helps them identify and prioritize opportunities for performance improvements.
The Higg FEM assesses:
- Environmental Management Systems
- Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Water Use
- Emissions to Air (If Applicable)
- Waste Management
- Chemical Management
Higg Facility Social & Labor Module
Everyone deserves to work in a safe and healthy environment where they receive fair pay. To improve social and labor conditions for the workers who produce billions of garments, textiles, and footwear each year, brands and manufacturers need to first measure the social impact of global facilities.
The Higg Facility Social & Labor Module (Higg FSLM) promotes safe and fair social and labor conditions for value chain workers all over the world. Facilities can use the scored assessment to understand hotspots and reduce audit fatigue. Instead of focusing on compliance, they can dedicate time and resources to making lasting systemic changes.
The Higg FSLM assesses:
- Recruitment and Hiring
- Working Hours
- Wages and Benefits
- Employee Treatment
- Employee Involvement
- Health and Safety
- Management Systems
- Empowering People and Communities
We are pleased to announce that after launching the new and improved Higg FSLM in April 2021 with the Converged Assessment Framework (CAF) v1.4 methodology, the updated scoring feature is now live! The standardized scoring system for the FSLM makes it easier for companies to analyze year-over-year performance, move away from costly proprietary systems, identify opportunities for improvement, and create safe and fair conditions for value chain workers all over the world.