The business benefits of apparel’s up-and-coming sustainability assessment tool

Fashion is faster than ever before. Around the globe, we are consuming 80bn articles of apparel each year, creating a host of environmental ills. The footprint of this incredible mountain of jeans, T-shirts and footwear is enormous, so big that last year designer and fashion mogul Eileen Fisher declared that apparel was second only to Big Oil in its disastrous effects on Earth.

Luckily, there is a set of collaborative tools intended to push sustainability actions in both the environmental and social realms through the entire apparel supply chain, and its name is the Higg Index. Higg’s outstanding feature is its potential to unite the complex segments of the apparel industry with the use of common tools and to share the necessary data to enable widespread change.

“Part of the original intention with Higg is to invite people not to repeat the mistakes of environmental, social, and labour initiatives of the past, where everyone develops their own programme,” says Jason Kibbey, CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. SAC administers Higg, which was playfully named after the Higgs Boson elementary particle. “One of our hopes is that companies would be able to redirect resources that might be spent on those initiatives toward...

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