Sustainable Apparel Coalition is 10 years old. The organization marks its anniversary at a critical inflection point for the industry, characterized by a devastating global pandemic, a changing climate and surging social unrest. Launched in 2011 with shared goals of creating eco-friendly products based on a standardized approach for measuring sustainability, the organization has come a long way. Its roster has ballooned past 250 members with a collective annual revenue of $845 billion, including household names such as Amazon, Asos, Gap, H&M, Levi Strauss, Nike, The North Face and VF Corp.
The SAC’s tentpole product, the Higg Index, has expanded into a suite of sustainability assessment tools deployed by more than 21,000 organizations across 190 countries. SAC has helped bolster efforts to improve labor conditions in the garment supply chain. Over the last ten years, it has worked collaboratively across the industry to develop and launch the Higg Index, providing cutting-edge, standardized sustainability tools for the industry. Higg will be central to the SAC’s mission of transforming businesses for exponential impact.
SAC will be transitioning its focus from developing standardized measurement tools to developing standardized communication that increases transparency and offers industry insights, driving collective action at scale.