The Sustainable Apparel Coalition

The SAC is a global, multi-stakeholder non-profit alliance for the fashion industry.

It’s made up of over 250 leading apparel, footwear and textile brands, retailers, suppliers, service providers, trade associations, non-profits, NGOs, and academic institutions working to reduce environmental impact and promote social justice throughout the global value chain. 

The Coalition has developed the Higg Index, a suite of tools that standardizes value chain sustainability measurements for all industry participants. These tools measure environmental and social labor impacts across the value chain. With this data, the industry can identify hotspots, continuously improve sustainability performance, and achieve the environmental and social transparency consumers are demanding. By joining forces in a Coalition, we can address the urgent, systemic challenges that are impossible to change alone.

The SAC was incorporated as a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools in 2011. In May 2019, the SAC spun-off the Higg Index technology platform to Higg, which delivers tools and services that help consumer goods businesses accelerate transformation for a more sustainable future.

Our Vision

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s vision is of a global consumer goods industry that gives more than it takes — to the planet and its people.


Our Tools

The Higg Index suite of tools is the core driver of the SAC.

Our Origins

The SAC began through an unlikely partnership between Walmart and Patagonia.

Our Members

Meet our diverse membership of global stakeholders.

The SAC is part of an ecosystem of three organizations, together with Higg Co and the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii). The organizations collaborate, with each serving a unique purpose to advance social and environmental sustainability within the industry. The SAC brings the industry together to develop the Higg Index; Higg Co manages the Higg Index platform,; and Aii uses Higg Index data to scale impact improvement programs globally.

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is a groundbreaking industry collaboration. Our members are committed to making transformational change. By scaling the Higg Index globally, we are driving the social and environmental improvements the industry needs to become sustainable.