10/15/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/14/2018 19:45
Learn more about the Higg Index FEM V3, its background，verification content and process.
SAFEGUARDS | Supply chain Assessments & Solutions NO. 139/18
Higg Index FEM background
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is a non-profit organization founded in 2011, covering the apparel, footwear and home textile industries. It has more than 200 members, including brands and manufacturers, retailers and government organizations, trade organizations, non-profit organizations, universities and service providers such as SGS. In 2013, SGS formed a strategic partnership with the SAC, as a member of the Steering Technical Committee. Meanwhile, we are directly involved in the development of the Higg V2 & V3 content and verification protocol, as well as steering convergence of Chemical Management for Higg V3. In addition, we are a technical reviewer for the new 'How to Higg Manual' and Higg V3 verifier training content. SGS was recently invited to join the Higg Facilities Advisory Council that will replace the Higg steering committee and will drive the development of the Higg Facilities Social and Environmental Modules.
The vision of SAC is to establish a standard tool to measure sustainability performance for the abovementioned industries. The Higg Index is a suite of self-assessment tools, Higg FEM is just one of them, with practical, qualitative questions to assess the environmental performance of sustainable development, pushing manufacturers to improve. A verified module, by the qualified verifier, can improve trust in the supply chain and for customers. Higg FEM version V3 was released in November 2017.
Update of Higg Index FEM V3
Seven sections of Higg Index FEM V3 content
There are three levels (1, 2 and 3) in all seven sections. Level 1 must be achieved to unlock levels 2 & 3.
Assessment Type of Higg Index FEM V3
Assessment Scope of Higg Index FEM V3
All areas under the same business license of the audited facility will be covered.
Higg Index FEM V3 Verification Process
Higg Index FEM V3 Grading Criteria
Each factory must complete the FEM module once a year. Higg FEM evaluates the environmental performance of the factory in each natural year (for example, the FEM 2017 measures the performance from January to December. 2017). The Higg FEM verified score is based on the percentage of completed applicable questions.
Benefit of verification:
In addition to increasing trust in the Higg Index score provided by a factory, using the self-assessment questionnaire will raise awareness of sustainability and drive continuous improvement. The scheme streamlines the process of finding new business. Importantly, SAC members must accept each other's reports. Higg Index verification from SGS reduces duplication of effort. An independently verified score can be presented to multiple suppliers/customers with confidence. It also reduces the need for additional site inspections, saving management time and money. On completion, the factory can post and share its Higg index verification results on an online platform (Higg.org) and share it with brands and retailers.
If need more detail, please access to：https://apparelcoalition.zendesk.com/hc/en-us
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