Developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Higg Index is a suite of tools that enables brands, retailers, and facilities of all sizes — at every stage in their sustainability journey — to accurately measure and score a company or product’s sustainability performance. The Higg Index delivers a holistic overview that empowers businesses to make meaningful improvements that protect the well-being of factory workers, local communities, and the environment.
The Higg Index
Higg Index Product Tools help users understand the impacts of apparel, footwear, and textiles. Three different Higg Product Tools are available: the MSI Contributor, the Higg MSI, and the Higg DDM.
Higg Facility Tools measure environmental and social sustainability impacts in manufacturing facilities around the world.
Global brands and retailers use the Higg Brand Tool to assess the sustainability of product lifecycles, environmental performance, and the social impacts across the value chain.
Improvement in Higg FEM Scores
Every year, we have seen Higg Index scores improve, a meaningful benefit to the industry and our planet. This graphic shows average yearly scores for factories around the world that use the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM).
To build consistency, credibility, and comparability of Higg Index scores, the SAC is creating verification programs for each of its tools. The first verification program will assess the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM). All publicly shared Higg Index scores will be verified.
Higg FEM Verifier & Trainer Program
Learn about our Higg FEM Verifier & Trainer Program managed by Sumerra. Apply to be a verifier or trainer.
Higg Index Transparency
The Higg Index enables and encourages brands, retailers, and manufacturers to become transparent by communicating clear, comparable, and meaningful sustainability scores publicly. Using one common language to share sustainability efforts will allow consumers to make better informed purchasing decisions.
Full Higg Index transparency will ensure accountability and enable the apparel industry to thrive responsibly. To support members as they become more transparent, the SAC provides communication toolkits that offer guidelines and support for transparency.
greg scott, Director of Product Integrity, MEC