SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has today confirmed the spin out of Higg Co., a public benefit company that aims to increase both the efficiency and scale of the Higg Index throughout global fashion supply chains.
While Higg Co. will operate separately to the SAC, the two organisations will be intrinsically intertwined and will collaborate to develop new technology that radically improves the delivery of the Higg Index suite of sustainability assessment tools.
Speaking to Ecotextile News ahead of the launch, Jason Kibbey, CEO of Higg Co, told us: “We are dramatically expanding the engineering, quality assurance, resources and customer experience of the Higg platform. We will be tripling – if not more – the amount of development work we are putting into the platform. Essentially, we’re building a tech organisation that is entirely focused on providing frictionless technology for members and users.”
The spin-out from the SAC has been funded by impact investment firms Titan Grove and Buckhill Capital, and Sanjeev Bahl of Saiburg B.V. At launch Higg Co will employ 20 technologists, says Kibbey, “with 50 by the end of the year.”
Together with Lewis Perkins, president of the Apparel Impact Institute, Jason Kibbey, the CEO of Higg Co., Amina Razvi, executive director of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Linda Greer, Senior Global Fellow at the Institute of Public & Environmental Affiars (IPE) will all take part in a special ‘Accelerating Higg’ panel discussion at Planet Textiles 2019 in Barcelona on 22 June during the ITMA event.