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 Together for Greater Sustainability: The Higg Index
Sustainability | 26.01.2017

The Higg Index is a self-assessment tool

Together for Greater Sustainability: The Higg Index by the SAC

Together for Greater Sustainability: The Higg Index. The Higg Index was developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), whose membership already represents roughly 40 percent of the global textile industry.
The Higg Index was developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), whose membership already represents roughly 40 percent of the global textile industry.
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With the Higg Index, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) aims to create a common sustainability concept with standardized processes to evaluate performance in terms of sustainability for clothing and shoe products as well as home textiles. Building on that, the Higg Index aims to help set the right standards to improve sustainability.

The Higg Index is a web-based optimization tool released in 2012 as Higg Index 1.0 by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco. It was the result of a collaboration between Walmart and Patagonia.

The expanded version, the Higg Index 2.0, was launched in 2013. Today over 180 companies, associations, universities and organizations have joined the SAC. 

The Higg Index is named after the Higgs bosun

The Higg Index is always evolving, and is an optimization tool for the clothing industry.
The Higg Index is always evolving, and is an optimization tool for the clothing industry.

The name Higg is said to have been inspired by the search for the Higgs boson in particle physics, which is changing science and the understanding of our universe. Similarly, the Higg Index is all about the search for the part within value chain that will change sustainability.

The Higg Index is perpetually undergoing further development. From the very beginning, it fell into three modules: a brand module, a facility module and a product module. A design and development model was added in 2016, and has already contributed to helping companies make sustainable decisions in the design and development process. Each of these modules impacts the sustainability of products. 


The Higg Index is not a certificate or a label, but rather a self-assessment tool that clothing firms can apply internally to better and more quickly identify and improve environmental and social problems in their overall value chains. More information on the Higg Index can be found here.

Dr. Regina Henkel (Quelle: Dr. Regina Henkel)
Article by Dr. Regina Henkel, editor
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