Sustainability Snapshot

October 2, 2017


OIA Sustainability Working Group – Sustainability Snapshot

Week of October 2, 2017

Higg FEM 3.0 Launch: As the Sustainable Apparel Coalition prepares for the November launch of the new Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM 3.0), we’ll keep you informed of key milestones and updates via the weekly Snapshot, which will highlight important announcements and key reminders about the Higg FEM 3.0 ahead of the tool’s launch.

If you haven’t already joined the outdoor industry Higg Index adoption group, you can do so here. Please contact us at with any questions or for access to the working group space.

Key dates from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (Please follow the Higg Index working group space to get access to the webinar registration info).



  • Monday 10/9: Module demonstration & language translations
  • Monday 10/16: Connecting & Benchmarking Demo & FAQ & Adoption services reminder & FMW reminder & zoom info
  • Monday 10/30: What to expect for launch: a summary of previous weeks’ content & link to all videos



  • Wednesday 11/1: Higg FEM 3.0 launches! Invite to be sent from to manufacturer members
  • Monday 11/13: Reminder to register & encourage supply chain partners to register


Facility Early Registration for Higg FEM 3.0: Higg Index pricing will be increasing over the coming months for non-SAC members.

SAC Member Manufacturers No fee; will be invited to Higg FEM 3.0 when tool launches in November
SAC Member Brands & Retailers No fee; will be invited to Higg FEM 3.0 in December
Non-Member Facilities  
Early Registration through October 31, 2017 $85 per non-member facility
November 1 through December 31, 2017 $100 per non-member facility
January 1 through December 31, 2018 $150 per non-member facility


If you have additional questions about early registration, please review the Early Registration FAQ document:  Higg FEM 3.0 EarlyRegistration_FAQs_V1.pdf

Translation of Higg FEM 3.0 resource document: In the coming weeks, the documents referenced in this message will be translated into additional languages. We will make these resources available to all members on SAC Connect.


Upcoming events:

  • Textile Exchange: Textile Sustainability Conference, Washington D.C., October 9- 13
    • Responsible Down International Working Group Meeting, Thursday October 12 9:00am-12:00pm EST – if you are interested in participating, please
    • Responsible Leather Initiative Meeting, Thursday, October 12th, 1:00-5:00pm EST – if you are interested in attending, please email
  • Biomimicry 3.8 Immersion Workshop, Elohee retreat center – Georgia, USA, October 22-27, 2017 (two weeks left to register!) More information here.


Missed it last week?

  • Ready to test transparency? Join SAC’s website pilot today: we are excited to announce that the Sustainable Apparel Coalition is currently launching a website pilot that will run between October and December 2017. In the pilot, users will test design scenarios for communicating Higg index facilities and brand performance through their own websites. An opportunity for manufacturers, brands and retailers to collaborate and pioneer in transparent communication!
    • The participation deadline is October 15th, but please don’t wait as the pilot has to run for two months and end this year. Interested? Find more information on sac connect here. Or contact the sac transparency team via


Upcoming webinars:

  • ZDHC MRSL, Monday, October 23 at 10:00pm MT



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