The apparel and footwear industry faces high consumer demand for fast products, frequent changes, and low prices — demands that can come at a high cost to the environment and to workers.
While some companies continue to reduce their environmental impact and support better wages and working conditions throughout their supply chain, others do not. For the average consumer or retailer, it’s hard to know what companies are doing and which ones are having a real impact. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) makes this job easier.

Helping companies become more accountable for their sustainability initiatives

The SAC is an industry group working with industry leaders to create and share a common measurement for brands, supply chains, and products in the apparel and footwear industry so retailers and consumers can make informed decisions.

The SAC’s Higg Index is a suite of tools that lets companies see how they compare with their peers in a variety of different areas, including product design, impacts on climate change, and end of product life management.

The SAC recently released a new tool called the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM), which helps companies track progress, benchmark results against industry peers, and identify areas for improvement with their value chain partners. “The ultimate goal is to see a world in which the vast majority of the supply chain is measured and the impacts are transparent,” says Jason Kibbey, SAC’s CEO.

SAC members reap long-lasting rewards

Millennials and the emerging Generation Z are increasingly identifying with companies that reduce waste, operate efficiently, and respect workers’ rights. Companies that can assess, measure, and manage these impacts will be in a better position to attract and retain these future buyers. The SAC invites them to learn more at apparelcoalition.org.


Supply chain professionals can register to use the Higg Index through Higg.org.