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SAC launches updated sustainability tool: Higg FEM

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has released early registration of the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM), a self-assessment tool that globally standardises sustainability measurement for apparel, footwear, and textile manufacturing facilities. The Higg FEM, optimised for use at an industrial scale, enables factories of any size, anywhere in the world, to assess sustainability performance and easily share results with supply chain partners.

The improved Higg Facility Environmental Module breaks down silos created by the lack of transparency in our industry, informs SAC CEO Jason Kibbey disclosed. With the Higg FEM, supply chain partners can better see one another's performance and make valuable sustainability improvements in factories around the world. Developed by the SAC, Higg FEM helps businesses at all tier in the value chain collectively perform better by decreasing the negative environmental impact of manufacturing while saving money and improving their performance and relationships with supply chain partners.

Currently used by over 8,000 businesses globally, the updated version helps further reduce audit fatigue and improve performance benchmarking by measuring water use, waste, emissions, and assessing chemicals management with increased analytics. The robust tool permits business partners to successfully collaborate to drive performance improvement across the value chain.