Schneider Electric and Sustainable Apparel Coalition Development of Higg Index 2.0 | Schneider Electric
“This project allows organizations to optimize sharing of sustainability information and at the same time allows the companies/industry to divert their efforts to building capacity and drive real improvements. Cost is typically a roadblock, but the Higg Index 2.0 is free to all SAC Members, all apparel/footwear manufacturers including non-member manufacturers, allowing collaboration and greater transparency in the industry. The design of the user interface is simple, making it easy to navigate, and privacy controls are built in to manage permissions.”
--Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards judge
Working through an exclusive partnership, Schneider Electric and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) worked to improve the SAC’s highly regarded Higg Index sustainability measurement tool, first introduced to the industry 18 months ago. This new version, Higg Index 2.0, brings the Index to an online platform developed by Schneider Electric, adding the ability to share users’ sustainability data, increase accuracy and add measurability for materials and processes, allowing for greater transparency and validation throughout the industry’s supply chain.
This ability to share information between the entire supply chain marks a first for sustainability measurement, the companies say. Higg Index 2.0 adds to the 1.0 version by including new measurement data to help assess chemical and social impacts of products.
Whereas Higg 1.0 was prototyping supply chain measurement through an Excel-based spreadsheet, Higg 2.0 leverages months of development by Schneider Electric, beta testing, and SAC member feedback to bring to the industry an user-friendly, sharable, interactive, web-based tool that allows for social interaction between the apparel and footwear industry.
One of the most striking successes of the Higg Index, Schneider Electric says, is its penetration within the industry. The SAC is composed of 110 member companies from throughout the supply chain, and represents one-third of the global industry. All members have committed to adopt, use, and help better the Higg Index. Hundreds more are using the index to help assess their own sustainability profile. Based on its user profile, the Higg Index has been successful in rallying the industry around one common tool to help drive sustainability. Under Higg 1.0, member companies were already reporting that the increased resolution into supply chain operations is helping guide decision-making. With the introduction of Higg 2.0 and its new features that help collaboration among users, this will be able to be further realized, Schneider Electric says.
The Higg Index 2.0 is the first piece of technology that treats sustainability as a system, acknowledging and recognizing roles and responsibilities across the players, including brands, according to Schneider Electric. The company predicts it will go a tremendous way towards building trust and equal partnerships as sustainability is measured and improved within apparel and footwear.