Higg Portal is the Sustainable Apparel Coalition's platform for manufacturers, brands, and retailers to declare their environmental and social impact based on their production and product activities. Higg's goal is to create a consolidated structure covering all existing textile industry certifications. It is to bring all users together on a single platform.
Higg has released new benchmarks to help businesses make better strategic decisions based on deeper insights and sustainability goals. The company will be able to monitor and measure the sector's performance using these social labor and environmental criteria.
By combining environmental metrics such as carbon emissions, water use, and waste management with operating conditions, the comprehensive environmental, social, and governance (ESG) solution first expands the capabilities of the Facility Social and Workforce Module (FSLM) audit tool and the Higg Facility Environment Module (FEM) assessment.
Comprehensive and in-depth ESG insights can help companies identify underperforming areas in their organization or supply chain and measure improvement as changes take effect.
Higg's CEO, who believes that choosing one or two areas to invest in is insufficient, and that human effect must be considered for a comprehensive approach, states that the company's major purpose is to develop innovations that bring the greatest social benefit with the least environmental impact.
According to the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, firms spent $35 trillion in 2020 to enhance and monitor their impact on people and the environment, as the importance of environmental and social transparency has increased dramatically.
Higg users can filter manufacturing sites by industry or region, making it easier for bra nds to oversee factory compliance with country-specific workforce needs. It will also enable customers understand how their efforts compare to others and highlight areas for development via additional benchmarking services.
It is thought that the most efficient way to improve worker and facility conditions is through the workers themselves.
Therefore, it is thought that it is necessary to give importance to staff feedback and to make employees feel comfortable to express themsel ves.
These features are supported by a partnership with the Social and Workforce Convergence Program (SLCP), a nonprofit dedicated to gathering insights into working conditions across multiple stakeholders to reduce audit time and cost.
Managing director of the SLCP, Janet Mensink believes that Higg assists improving working conditions to fashion workers and businesses by offering trustful data access of SLCP.