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Higg model empowers sustainability for apparel industry

Changing climatic condition is creating a rift for the apparel industry; there is a need to understand the impactful measures through data. The Higg Facility Environmental Module measures seven environmental impact areas in factories, including greenhouse gas emissions, water use, and chemical management. The Higg Facility Social & Labor Module (Higg FSLM) assesses impacts that include wages, working hours and workplace harassment. Using the modules on, facilities can complete a self-assessment and have their results verified by a trained third-party verifier.

Through the Higg Index's groundbreaking model, global factories are empowered to take ownership of their sustainability performance, helping to reduce the exhausting audit fatigue that burdens the industry.

"The amount of data requested of facilities is extensive and critically important," Nikhil Hirdaramani, Director Sustainability from the Hirdaramani Group said. "By leveraging the Higg Facility Modules we can increase efficiency, saving time and money. By implementing a single measurement tool that fulfills the most pressing sustainability needs in our industry, we can more successfully drive sustainability improvements."

"C&A has made a strategic decision to eliminate our internal environmental and chemical audits in favor of the Higg Facility Environmental Module," said Jeffrey Hogue, C&A Chief Sustainability Officer and C&A Foundation Board Director. "In just the last 8 months, our supply chain has conducted over 400 self-assessments at key facilities having been identified as having a high environmental impact. This year 50 percent of these facilities will have been verified.