Business & Supply Chain Tools - Outdoor Industry Association

Business & Supply Chain Tools

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Higg Index

The Higg Index 2.0 is a tool to help organizations standardize how they measure and evaluate environmental performance of apparel products across the supply chain at the brand, product, and facility levels. It is:

  • a self‐assessment tool that enables rapid learning through identification of environmental sustainability hotspots and improvement opportunities.
  • a starting point of engagement, education, and collaboration among stakeholders in advance of more rigorous assessment efforts.

The Rapid Design Module

The RDM tool serves as the next iteration of the product‐level content of the Higg Index (the brand‐level and facilities‐level Higg Index content presently resides in a separate online platform). The RDM tool provides guidance to product designers around the potential environmental impacts of decisions during the product creation process.

Chemicals Management Tools

In order to ensure that products are safe throughout their lifecycles, it’s imperative to have a clear understanding of the chemicals used throughout the manufacturing process. Here you can find tools and resources that can help companies get out in front of impending regulation and mitigate supply chain disruptions by improving chemicals management and integrating more sustainable chemistry practices throughout the supply chain.

Social Responsibility Tools

The outdoor industry strives to advance social responsibility awareness, standards, innovation and practices in the outdoor industry value chain, from concept to consumer, through education and engagement, development and promotion of best practices and measuring and reporting effectiveness of action.

Collaboratively developed fair labor tools, educational programs and training will improve operational efficiencies, ensure regulatory compliance, promote responsible sourcing and better inform purchasing decisions across the industry.

Materials Traceability Tools

The ability to trace and communicate raw materials’ paths through supply chains is key to ensuring product quality and integrity. Whether it’s ensuring the ethical sourcing of key outdoor/performance  materials such as down or wool, or being able to verify content claims around any material, the following tools can help companies put systems in place to increase traceability throughout their supply chain.