The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and Higg Index, an apparel and footwear industry self-assessment standard for assessing environmental and social sustainability, has launched the Higg Product Module (Higg PM) – a sustainability tool that assesses the environmental impact of manufactured products.
Higg PM integrates the methodology developed by the SAC and Technology of Higg.
It reflects the work and expertise of more than 70 SAC member companies over nearly 4 years. The Higg PM tool is a life cycle assessment tool that guides brands, retailers and manufacturers to calculate product and supply chain performance in 5 environmental impact categories: global warming potential, water scarcity, eutrophication, fossil fuel resource depletion and chemistry.
The tool is supposed to be released in two phases: While the first one offers product assessment from cradle to factory gate, including material production, the second one which is in development phase will be launched in 2021 and further expands assessments to include retail and packaging, distribution, product care, duration of service and end of use.
Use of Higg Index tools helps companies understand and benchmark their impacts so they can improve sustainability management and performance practices year on year.
In this first phase, companies will be able to communicate the material data information with value chain partners. The tool is integrated with the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) on the Higg.org platform.
This will allow strengthening the relationship between the value chain partners through increased transparency and communication.