The software permits manufacturers and retailers to evaluate 16 social and 11 environmental impacts of their international worth chains
Nike, Inc, H&M and VF Company are amongst greater than 500 international manufacturers which have dedicated to utilizing the most recent model of the Higg Model & Retail Module (BRM), a worth chain sustainability evaluation software launched by the Sustainable Attire Coalition (SAC) and its expertise associate Higg.
Walmart and Patagonia are additionally among the many firms that can use the Higg BRM over the subsequent two years to realize a deeper understanding of their very own operations and their worth chain practices with the purpose of enhancing social and environmental impacts and dealing collectively to battle the local weather disaster.
Via 30 June, SAC member manufacturers and retailers have the chance to make use of the Higg BRM to self-assess the social and environmental sustainability efficiency of their 2020 enterprise and worth chain operations. Then, from Could to December, firms have the choice to confirm their self-assessments by way of an permitted third-party verification physique.
One of many 5 Higg Index sustainability measurement instruments, the Higg BRM permits analysis of the social and environmental impacts of manufacturers throughout a variety of enterprise operations, from packaging and transportation of products, to the environmental influence of shops and places of work and the well-being of manufacturing facility staff. The evaluation measures 11 environmental influence areas and 16 social influence areas. Via the Higg sustainability platform, firms of all sizes can uncover alternatives to enhance their provide chains, from decreasing carbon emissions, lowering water use, and guaranteeing provide chain employees are handled pretty.
In Europe, the place company sustainability is on the forefront of the regulatory agenda, companies should guarantee their operations observe accountable practices. Firms can use the Higg BRM to get forward of the curve with regards to future legislative laws. They will consider their worth chain practices and their companions’ practices towards the baseline of the anticipated coverage following the OECD Due Diligence steering for the attire and footwear sector, SAC and Higg say.
The newest model of the Higg BRM encompasses a accountable buying practices part, emphasising the significance of integrating due diligence into sourcing decision-making processes. The replace additionally introduces a rating for accountable buying practices, reflecting the SAC and Higg’s central targets to develop instruments that drive business enhancements. The BRM will proceed to evolve and leverage knowledge and expertise to assist firms meet OECD due diligence necessities and accountable enterprise practices.
One other new characteristic of Higg BRM is its alignment with the Carbon Disclosure Undertaking (CDP), facilitating the streamlining of information entry round carbon emissions. The CDP helps hundreds of firms, cities, states, and areas to measure and handle their dangers and alternatives on local weather change, water safety, and deforestation. When firms use Higg, they may save time on carbon knowledge assortment, assuaging reporting fatigue. They will more and more use Higg as a “one-stopshop” for sustainability evaluation and knowledge analytics and leverage complete insights with out having to duplicate efforts already undertaken for different assessments, SAC and Higg be aware.
To achieve essentially the most out of the Higg instruments and speed up sustainability enchancment, firms combine them into their inside provide chain and product life cycle administration programs by way of API expertise. Future plans for the Higg BRM embody integration with different Higg instruments and programs to additional simplify knowledge assortment efforts whereas offering a full view of end-to-end provide chain impacts and enchancment alternatives.
“Aligned measurement and reporting requirements globally will play an important function in enabling the business to extra successfully handle key international sustainability challenges, together with local weather change. The SAC, working along with Higg, will proceed to evolve and develop the Higg BRM as a way to make sustainability assessments much more broadly accessible,” the 2 events say.
Earlier this month, SAC stated ten years on from its launch, its goals for the next decade are to supply the constructing blocks essential to assist the business make smarter and extra knowledgeable choices in regards to the merchandise it makes.