The Higg Index is a suite of tools, developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
Used to measure and score a company or product’s sustainability performance along the supply chain, the Higg Index provides businesses with a holistic approach towards making improvements for the environment as well as for the social wellbeing of factory workers and local communities.
The Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) tool can be used to measure environmental performance at individual factories in a standardized way. Environmental management systems, energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water use, wastewater, emissions to air (if applicable), waste management, and chemical use and management are measured. At Coats we are proud to say that in 2019, we have used the Higg FEM across 11 of our sites already, and reports can be found on the Sustainable Apparel Coalition website. We intend to continue to roll out the Higg FEM across more of our production facilities in 2020 and continue to make meaningful improvements in sustainability performance.