SAN FRANCISCO – To meet consumers’ demand for greater levels of transparency around working and environment conditions in the apparel sector, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has now launched its latest Higg Index modules. The updated platform includes a new Higg Facility Social & Labour Module (Higg FSLM) and an updated, Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM); both of which measure conditions on factory floors where most of the global fashion world’s clothing is manufactured.
Speaking to Ecotextile News prior to the launch, Jason Kibbey, CEO of the SAC told us: "After years of collaboration with the world’s top brands and leading standards organizations in an effort known as the Social Labour Convergence Project (SLCP), our industry finally has a common means of evaluating social impact across the value chain. We are so excited to launch this work as our new Higg Index Facilities Social Labor Module (FSLM) as it gives brands a powerful tool to support improving working conditions in factories."
The new Higg FEM, used to measure environmental performance at more than 10,000 factories world-wide, will launch with Higg FSLM on an updated platform that provides better analytics, data sharing and benchmarking. These features are designed to allow Higg information to be better analysed and shared for building greater transparency and accountability. Consumers can start gaining access to this information later in 2019.