The Higg Index is an indicator based assessment tool for apparel and footwear products at the brand, product, and facility levels. Its aim is to create a standard industry approach to measuring and evaluating sustainability impacts across the supply chain, helping organizations gauge performance and driving behavior for improvement.
Why is the Higg Index important?
The Higg Index helps companies and individuals begin to think through the questions they will need to answer in order to optimize their brands, products, and supply chain practices, increasing efficiency, mitigating risk, and highlighting opportunities for innovation.
Whether you’re a product engineer, overseeing operations, heading up a sustainability department, or managing product development and sourcing, the Higg Index asks questions around materials selection, value chain management, chemicals impact reduction, manufacturing processes, and end of use programs that can help improve environmental and social responsibility practices.
At present, the Higg Index is a self-assessment tool. The need for a consumer-facing label has been identified, and is in progress. For a complete overview of areas of improvement that are being considered for development, please visit: apparelcoalition.org/higgindex/
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About OIA and the Sustainability Apparel Coalition (SAC)
When the OIA Sustainability Working Group first convened in 2007 to address the impacts associated with manufacturing, the first product of their labor was an assessment tool called the Eco Index.
In 2011, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) adopted the Eco Index and developed it further into a robust web tool that is rapidly becoming the leading supply chain management platform for the outdoor, sporting goods, and fashion sectors: the Higg Index.
The OIA SWG has continued to be involved in the development of the Higg Index and is committed to scaling the use of this tool throughout the outdoor industry. In 2016, OIA and the SAC signed a new memorandum of understanding, signifying another step in their five-year-old partnership to drive environmental and social best practices in the global apparel, textile and footwear supply chain