New Higg Fa­cil­ity Mod­ules launched to en­hance trans­parency

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The Sus­tain­able Ap­parel Coali­tion (SAC), a lead­ing as­so­ci­a­tion for ap­parel, footwear and the tex­tile in­dus­try in­tro­duced two Higg Fa­cil­ity Mod­ules in a bid to en­hance the sup­ply chain trans­parency. No­tably, the up­dated plat­form fea­tures a new Higg Fa­cil­ity So­cial & Labour Mo­d­ule (Higg FSLM) and a re­fur­bished Higg Fa­cil­ity En­vi­ron­men­tal Mo­d­ule (Higg FEM); both mea­sur­ing con­di­tions on fac­tory floors where the ma­jor­ity of the global ap­parel man­u­fac­tur­ing takes place. It is per­ti­nent to add here that for the first time, The SAC has made Higg FEM and Higg FSLM avail­able for fac­to­ries on­line, so that they can eval­u­ate their sus­tain­abil­ity per­for­mance.

In In­dia, top tex­tile and ap­parel com­pa­nies like Arvind Ltd, Prat­i­bha Syn­tex and East­man Ex­ports Global Cloth­ing are closely as­so­ci­ated with the SAC. Ja­son Kibbey, CEO, SAC cited that the com­pany has made the func­tion­al­ity of Higg.org more ef­fi­cient to of­fer Higg In­dex cus­tomers bet­ter nav­i­ga­tion as they com­plete the Higg Fa­cil­ity Mod­ules. “They can share in­for­ma­tion more eas­ily with sup­ply chain part­ners now and we hope this will in­spire more of the in­dus­try to com­plete Higg as­sess­ments and sup­port value chain trans­parency,” Ja­son said. While the Higg FEM cal­cu­lates var­i­ous fac­tors in the sup­ply chain rang­ing from green gas emis­sion, wa­ter waste, chem­i­cal use and oth­ers to mea­sure fac­to­ries’ en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment sys­tems, the Higg FSLM of­fers in­dus­try’s first stan­dard­ised self-as­sess­ment for eval­u­at­ing fac­to­ries’ so­cial and labour per­for­mance. Two of the lead­ing ap­parel la­bels H&M and ASOS were ap­pre­cia­tives of the Higg In­dex’s com­mit­ment to­wards the whole in­dus­try. Anna Gedda, Head of Sus­tain­abil­ity, H&M Group said that the Swe­den-based fash­ion re­tailer was the first brand to roll out Higg FEM at 100 per cent to its Tier-1 and strate­gic Tier-2 sup­pli­ers. “Now we look for­ward to more brands com­mit­ting to roll out the Higg tools full-scale. Only then can we to­gether achieve com­pa­ra­bil­ity across the in­dus­try, which in turn is key to em­power in­formed choices through trans­parency.” Fur­ther­more, the SAC has formed the Higg FSLM to mea­sure re­cruit­ment and hir­ing prac­tices, work­ing hours, wages and ben­e­fits, em­ployee health and safety, and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and other ar­eas in the sup­ply chain.

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