Higg Co., a technology firm that helps deliver, implement and support the Higg Index for consumer goods industries will unveil its new Open Data Portal – introducing sustainability transparency to the apparel industry at a global scale.
The development has been done in partnership with Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and is expected to be launched in 2021.
The platform will have access to the actual data behind social and environmental sustainability claims by global brands, retailers and manufacturers.
The platform aims to offer a gateway to compare, credit and contextualise the sustainability claims on online product purchasing pages, advertisements or other applications direct to source data.
The data is powered by Higg Index data, and integrates the other data provider of Higg platform to offer the most comprehensive publicly available picture of a product’s social and environmental sustainability performance.
“As an NGO you’ll be able to explore the detail behind claims and as a research or data scientist, you’ll be able to access new data sets. Data like this has never been available at this scale. Whether customers want to support brands that prioritise wages for workers or focus on reducing water consumption or lowering carbon emissions, meaningful data is essential to making better choices and incentivising industry change. The Higg Open Data Portal is an important first step in delivering sustainability transparency publicly at a global scale,” said Jason Kibbey, Higg Co. CEO.
Moreover, the platform will allow the consumers, NGO, regulators and Governments to validate and compare claims by the apparel industry including brands and retailers and track progress. The transparency can be further used to encourage data driven decision-making innovation both within an organisation and across the entire sector.