The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is the apparel, footwear, and home textile industry’s foremost alliance for sustainable production. The Coalition’s primary focus is on developing the Higg Index, a standardized supply chain measurement tool for all industry participants to understand the environmental and social and labor impacts of making and selling their products and services. With a particular focus on environmental impacts (including chemicals management), the Higg Index Facility Environment Module (FEM) self-assessment tool provides a starting point and improvement framework designed to help facilities to evaluate current and potential risks and recognize opportunities for sustainable improvement.
The SAC has also created a How To Higg Guide for the FEM that provides guidance and information on the FEM self-assessment questions and requirements.
Where relevant, Higg FEM 3.0 Indicators related to chemicals management are listed in each appropriate section to assist you. This will appear as follows (EXAMPLE):
Relevant Higg Index Facility Environment Module (FEM) 3.0 indicators:
Chemicals Management – Level #: Question #
In addition to chemicals management, the FEM also focuses on other areas of environmental impacts and resource consumption (some of which are addressed in this Guide), including: