Announcements

  • Philippines Earthquake – Higg Index Tech Support Update

    Dear SAC Members,

    On Monday, April 22, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the northern Philippines, where the majority of the SAC support team works. Our team members are safe, but their office is partly damaged. They will resume work and answering Higg.org support requests on Wednesday. Thank you for your patience with us and for your understanding.

    Sustainable Apparel Coalition
  • 2018 Higg Adoption Services • Higg BRM Submission Deadline!

    Dear SAC Member,
     
    There are just 13 days left to register early for the 2018 Higg Facility ModulesEncourage your supply chain partners to register now to save up to 40% off regular prices.  
     
    To further support your Higg Index rollout, we have partnered again with global sustainability consultancy Anthesis to offer you Higg Index Adoption Services. This year, we are also introducing services to support adoption of Higg Index verification. For more information on new services, pricing, and timelines, read the new brochures.
     
    By October 31, all brand and retail members must submit the Higg Brand & Retail Module beta.
     
    Below, you will find more detailed information regarding:

    • Higg.org Updates
    • Higg FEM Scoring Discrepancies
    • Higg Product Module (Higg PM) Vote Result
    • Higg BRM Beta Module Submission Instructions
    • 2018 Higg Facility Module Trainings
    • Ongoing Important Reminders

    Sincerely,
    Sustainable Apparel Coalition
     
    Higg.org Updates
    To provide you an improved customer experience for the November 8 launch of the 2018 Higg Facility Modules, Higg.org will be unavailable starting today through November 7. Per last week’s update, all 2017 Higg FEM verifications will be done offline during this period and through end of year. Verifiers have received these instructions.

    • Verifiers are using the single module export feature on the Higg FEM Data portal for conducting verifications and posting verified Higg FEMs.
    • Between now and Nov. 7: Verifiers will not complete verified modules on higg.org. Instead, they will send the verified modules via Excel file directly to Sumerra to post verified modules. Sumerra will forward the verified modules directly to the factory contact identified in the Verification Completion Form.
    • Beginning Nov. 8: The Excel file with Higg vFEM data can be imported into Higg.org. These files will automatically populate the module (there is no need to manually input data or comments anymore).
    Higg FEM Scoring Discrepancies
    The SAC consistently strives to create better Higg Index tools and to offer you the best user experience. Through a recent process of review and updates, we discovered several scoring discrepancies in the 2017 Higg FEM assessment. These errors do not affect your responses in the assessment and do not apply to all facilities. They only affect the scoring for certain sections, as outlined here.
     
    These errors are a result of the Higg FEM scores allocated to applicability pathways. Facilities receive scores for questions that apply to their operations; these are then calculated to create a section score, which informs the overall Higg FEM score. Certain errors in how these scores were calculated for the various pathways may have resulted in scoring discrepancies for particular questions or sections.
     
    Please review this outline to confirm whether these errors apply to your Higg FEM assessment. If your facility identifies scoring errors, please contact our technical support team support@apparelcoalition.org.
     
    Please note that all question response data (the actual answers to the module questions) is correct across all exports; this is solely a scoring issue that affects certain modules and specific sections of the module.
     
    What you need to know:
    1. We will deploy an updated version of the Higg FEM Excel export to https://fem2017.higg.org by the end of October that will run the corrected scoring calculations within the Excel file (single module only). Once this updated version of the Excel is ready, we will send an email announcement to all users to notify them that it is available.
    2. Our tech team will deploy the corrected scoring calculations on the updated Higg.org platform after the November 8 launch and apply this retroactively to all 2017 Higg FEM assessments in the system by the end of November. You will then be able to re-run your bulk exports (csv export) for 2017 data with the corrected scoring.
    3. To ensure data accuracy and to not misrepresent facility module performance, we will postpone deploying 2017 Higg FEM benchmarking until scoring is updated in the updated Higg.org platform. We anticipate releasing benchmarking in December.
    Our technology team is committed to thoroughly testing scoring before 2018 module scoring launches to ensure these issues are resolved quickly. Thank you for your patience and your understanding as we implement these updates and ensure robust benchmarking.
     
    Higg Product Module (Higg PM) Vote Result 
    Thank you for your participation and feedback in the Higg Product Module Vote! On behalf of the Footprint Task Team, we are pleased to announce the vote passed, and we will move forward with the development of the Higg Product Module (Higg PM).
     
    Next Steps
    • By the end of 2018, the SAC will finalize technology requirements, tool design, an updated Excel prototype, and formal methodology documentation.
    • In 2019, the new Product Advisory Council (PAC) will focus on engaging external stakeholder reviews, improving data quality, obtaining supporting primary data submissions from manufacturers, product life-cycle management (PLM) integration, verification, and development of communication toolkits towards transparency. Technology development of the tool will begin in early 2019 with the goal of a Q3 release.
    The SAC would like to specially thank the Footprint Task Team for all its hard work over the past two years in creating this methodology. This “yes” vote is a result of the dedication, time, and expertise each person on the team has contributed. We will keep you updated on the progress of Higg PM development. Learn more on SAC Connect.
     
    Submit the Higg BRM Beta by October 31
    SAC member brands and retailers must submit completed Higg BRM beta modules by next Wednesday, October 31 as part of current member adoption requirements. Please submit your modules here and please share your feedback through the feedback tracker and the survey.
     
    Important Update: Feedback on scoring is now welcome! We will send the scored version of the Higg BRM beta via email to all beta testers today. This email will contain instructions to import your completed unscored beta into the scored version, so you do not have to re-enter information. We are extending the deadline for feedback on SCORING ONLY to November 16.

    2018 Higg Facility Module Trainings
    This month, we have hosted a series of webinars about what to expect from the 2018 Higg Facility Modules cycle. Listen to the recordings here. Join our other upcoming online trainings about what to expect for the launch of the Higg Facility Modules on November 8. During these webinars, you will learn about updates to Higg.org, how to set up accounts, and 2018 content changes. These trainings are for SAC members only. We will post recordings for non-member Higg Index customers on HowtoHigg.org.

    Intro to Higg.org: What to Expect for Launch & Demo
    Time: Oct 31, 2018 7:30 PM PT
    https://zoom.us/webinar/ register/WN_ 8WXmjGqiQraxIzu8uRNu_A

    Intro to Higg.org: What to Expect for Launch & Demo
    Time: Nov 1, 2018 8:00 AM PT
    https://zoom.us/webinar/ register/WN_ g5IZDYCkQTqpzIc1RVpI6A
     
    Higg.org Platform Trainings for All Higg Index Customers (Including Non-Members)
    Throughout November and December, the SAC will host webinars for all Higg Index customers. You and your supply chain partners are invited to attend these public webinars about the Higg.org platform. Register now.

    Higg.org Training Webinar: Nov. 13, 2018
    Time: 8:00 PM PT
    https://zoom.us/webinar/ register/WN_ 0EnvwStwQkGuuH60RAzBrA

    Higg.org Training Webinar: Nov. 14, 2018
    Time: 8:30 AM PT
    https://zoom.us/webinar/ register/WN_ 87E2WBFMQVm08y2IQ04cGA

    Higg.org Training Webinar: Dec. 4, 2018
    Time: 8:00 PM PT
    https://zoom.us/webinar/ register/WN_ tvTNHXI3QoiiSsNURjL4Sw

    Higg.org Training Webinar: Dec. 5, 2018
    Time: 8:30 AM PT
    https://zoom.us/webinar/ register/WN_ k4VaYqMUQymzJeNLEtp--w
     
    Member Collaboration: Regional Higg Index Trainings
    Many of you have expressed interest in collaborating with other SAC members to host and sponsor regional trainings about the Higg Facility Modules for your value chain partners. We would like to support this effort by identifying and connecting organizations interested in hosting trainings in the same regions. 

    Please complete this survey by Friday, October 31 to indicate your interest in regional trainings. We will synthesize the information members submit about their training plans and post it on SAC connect. You can then collaborate with others with similar plans. (We will send a second survey before the end of the year for members who are unsure of their training plans at this time.)

    IMPORTANT REMINDERS

    2018 Higg Facility Modules
    Early registration for 2018 Higg Facility Modules closes November 7. Register now and encourage your value chain partners to register to receive a 40% discount during the early registration window. 

    Visit the new community on SAC Connect with resources about the 2018 Higg Facility Modules. Register for trainings, explore the library, and participate in discussions with fellow members. Your value chain partners can access Higg Facility Module resources through HowtoHigg.org.  
     
    2017 Higg FEM Verification
    Through December 31, factories can verify 2017 Higg FEM self-assessments. Learn more.

    Share Your Higg Index Story
    Take a short survey about the 2017 Higg FEM. Share your Higg Index story with the SAC. This is a great opportunity to be featured on the SAC website and social media channels! 
     
    Higg Brand & Retail Module
    Brand & retail members must submit a completed Higg BRM by October 31. Share your comments by October 31, too. Contact higgbrmbeta@apparelcoalition.org for more information.
     
    EVENTS
    Future of Design Workshop
    Join us for The Future of Design Workshop in New York City on Friday, November 9. We will introduce apparel, footwear and textile design and production teams to the SAC, the full suite of Higg Index tools and how to apply the Higg Product Tools to their work.
  • Higg.org Unavailable October 25 Through November 7

    Dear SAC Members,
     
    Higg.org will be unavailable from this Thursday, October 25 through November 7 as we prepare the platform for the 2018 Higg Facility Modules to provide you an improved Higg Index customer experience. We will continue to communicate with you about ongoing developments via email and through the 2018 Higg Facility Tools Resources community on SAC Connect.

    Join us next week, October 31 or November 1, for the third webinar in our exclusive member series about what to expect from the 2018 Higg Facility Modules launch and how you can prepare. Listen to the entire series, here. On HowtoHigg.org find additional public resources for you and your supply chain partners about how to prepare for the 2018 Higg Facility Modules. 

    There are only 16 days left for factories to register early to use the Higg Facility Modules and save up to 40% off regular prices. Promote early registration of the Higg Facility Environmental Module and Higg Facility Social & Labor Module to your supply chain partners. Use this template to invite your supply chain partners to register early.
     
    SAC member manufacturers do not need to pay or register early to use the Higg FEM or Higg FSLM. On November 8, we will invite all members to reset Higg.org passwords to gain access to the platform for the 2018 cycle.

    Below, you will find more detailed information regarding:

    • 2018 Higg Facility Modules Early Registration Ends Soon
    • 2018 Higg Facility Module Trainings

    Sincerely,
    Sustainable Apparel Coalition
     
    2018 HIGG FACILITY MODULES: EARLY REGISTRATION CLOSES SOON
    Encourage your supply chain partners to register early for the 2018 Higg Facility Modules to save up to 40% off regular retail prices. Early registration ends November 7. Use this template to invite your supply chain partners to register early.
     
    2018 HIGG FACILITY MODULE TRAININGS
    This month, we have hosted a series of webinars about what to expect from the 2018 Higg Facility Modules cycle. Listen to the recordings here. Join our other upcoming online trainings about what to expect for the launch of the Higg Facility Modules on November 8. During these webinars, you will learn about updates to Higg.org, how to set up accounts, and 2018 content changes. These trainings are for SAC members only. We will post recordings for non-member Higg Index customers on HowtoHigg.org.

    Intro to Higg.org: What to Expect for Launch & Demo
    Time: Oct 31, 2018 7:30 PM PT
    https://zoom.us/webinar/ register/WN_ 8WXmjGqiQraxIzu8uRNu_A

    Intro to Higg.org: What to Expect for Launch & Demo
    Time: Nov 1, 2018 8:00 AM PT
    https://zoom.us/webinar/ register/WN_ g5IZDYCkQTqpzIc1RVpI6A
  • Early Registration Ends in 23 Days • New SAC Governance • Join Today's Webinar

    Dear SAC Members,
     
    There are only 23 days left for factories to register early to use the Higg Facility Modules and save up to 40% off regular prices. We encourage you to promote early registration of the Higg Facility Environmental Module and Higg Facility Social & Labor Module to your supply chain partners. We invite you to use this template to invite your supply chain partners to register early.
     
    SAC member manufacturers do not need to pay or register early to use the Higg FEM or Higg FSLM. On November 8, we will invite all members to reset Higg.org passwords to gain access to the platform for the 2018 cycle.

    Please join us today or Thursday for an exclusive member webinar about what to expect from the 2018 Higg Facility Modules launch and learn how you can prepare.

    Below, you will find more detailed information regarding:

    • 2017 Higg Index Verification Update
    • 2017 Higg FEM Data Portal: Document Sharing Available
    • New SAC Governance
    • 2018 Higg Facility Module Trainings
    • Regional Higg Index Trainings
    • Important Reminders: Higg Product Module – Vote by Friday! 

    Sincerely,

    Sustainable Apparel Coalition

     
    2017 HIGG vFEM VERIFICATION
    Thank you for your feedback on the Higg FEM exports. We are aware of the scoring discrepancies and data gaps between what is on Higg.org and what you are seeing in your Excel exports. We are updating Higg.org ahead of the November 8 launch to fix these discrepancies. We will update 2017 modules and exports affected by this, so you see the correct historical data in November. In the meantime, all verifiers have been given these important instructions for completing and posting 2017 Higg vFEMs.
    • Starting now: Verifiers are using the single module export feature on the Higg FEM Data portal for conducting verifications and posting verified Higg FEMs.
    • Between now and Nov. 7: Verifiers will not complete verified modules on higg.org. Instead, they will send the verified modules via Excel file directly to Sumerra to post verified modules. Sumerra will forward the verified modules directly to the factory contact identified in the Verification Completion Form.
    • Beginning Nov. 8: The Excel file with Higg vFEM data can be imported into Higg.org. These files will automatically populate the module (there is no need to manually input data or comments anymore).

    2017 HIGG FEM DATA PORTAL: DOCUMENT SHARING AVAILABLE
    On the 2017 Higg FEM Data Portal, you can now review and download selected documents from the 2017 Higg Facility Environmental Module assessments. To ensure security and protect privacy, not all uploaded documents are available. Only permits and select performance improvement plan documents are available to view and download. Review the guidance to view documents.
     
    2018 HIGG FACILITY MODULES: EARLY REGISTRATION CLOSES SOON
    Please encourage your supply chain partners to register early for the 2018 Higg Facility Modules to save up to 40% off regular retail prices. Early registration ends November 7. We invite you to use this template to invite your supply chain partners to register early.
     
    For 2018 registration, factories now purchase verified modules, not verifiers. This means that for 2018 Higg vFEMs (which launch January 8), verifiers will no longer charge factories the Higg vFEM fee (previously $185). Factories will pay this themselves directly on Higg.org.

    NEW SAC GOVERNANCE
    During the September full member webinar and in the September SAC Newsletter, we introduced the updated governance structure for the Coalition. We invite you to review the governance overview and presentation.

    As our organization has grown and evolved, we’ve come to recognize the way we engage with members needs to evolve, too. We know that we need to improve and strengthen member involvement so that members can remain active and effective in shaping the work of the SAC now and in years to come. Our new a multi-phase plan will help to clarify and update our processes to harness the expertise of the SAC’s unique global membership. Read more.

    2018 HIGG FACILITY MODULE TRAININGS
    Earlier this month, we hosted the first of a series of webinars about what to expect from the 2018 Higg Facility Modules cycle. Listen to the recording here. Please join our other upcoming online trainings about what to expect for the launch of the Higg Facility Modules on November 8. During these webinars, you will learn about updates to Higg.org, how to set up accounts, and 2018 content changes. These trainings are for SAC members only. We will post recordings for non-member Higg Index customers on HowtoHigg.org.

    Higg FEM Content Overview: Changes to Expect (1 hour) • Higg Adoption Services & Analytics (30 min.)
    Time: Oct 17, 2018 7:30 PM PT
    https://zoom.us/webinar/ register/WN_ ZnhJo5GEQ6e4lslvIu6VkA

    Higg FEM Content Overview: Changes to Expect (1 hour) • Higg Adoption Services & Analytics (30 min.)
    Time:
     Oct 18, 2018 8:00 AM PT
    https://zoom.us/webinar/ register/WN_j4XrLKJfQ_ alvq9vxP3RNw
     
    Intro to Higg.org: What to Expect for Launch & Demo
    Time: Oct 31, 2018 7:30 PM PT
    https://zoom.us/webinar/ register/WN_ 8WXmjGqiQraxIzu8uRNu_A

    Intro to Higg.org: What to Expect for Launch & Demo
    Time: Nov 1, 2018 8:00 AM PT
    https://zoom.us/webinar/ register/WN_ g5IZDYCkQTqpzIc1RVpI6A
     
    HIGG.ORG PLATFORM TRAININGS FOR ALL HIGG INDEX CUSTOMERS (INCLUDING NON-MEMBERS)
    Throughout November and December, the SAC will host webinars for all Higg Index customers. You and your supply chain partners are invited to attend these public webinars about the Higg.org platform. Register now.

    Higg.org Training Webinar: Nov. 13, 2018
    Time: 8:00 PM PT
    https://zoom.us/webinar/ register/WN_ 0EnvwStwQkGuuH60RAzBrA

    Higg.org Training Webinar: Nov. 14, 2018
    Time: 8:30 AM PT
    https://zoom.us/webinar/ register/WN_ 87E2WBFMQVm08y2IQ04cGA

    Higg.org Training Webinar: Dec. 4, 2018
    Time: 8:00 PM PT
    https://zoom.us/webinar/ register/WN_ tvTNHXI3QoiiSsNURjL4Sw

    Higg.org Training Webinar: Dec. 5, 2018
    Time: 8:30 AM PT
    https://zoom.us/webinar/ register/WN_ k4VaYqMUQymzJeNLEtp--w
     
    MEMBER COLLABORATION: REGIONAL HIGG INDEX TRAININGS
    Many of you have expressed interest in collaborating with other SAC members to host and sponsor regional trainings about the Higg Facility Modules for your value chain partners. We would like to support this effort by identifying and connecting organizations interested in hosting trainings in the same regions. Please complete this survey by Friday, October 31 to indicate your interest in regional trainings. We will synthesize the information members submit about their training plans and post it on SAC connect. You can then collaborate with others with similar plans. (We will send a second survey before the end of the year for members who are unsure of their training plans at this time.)

    IMPORTANT REMINDERS

    2018 Higg Facility Modules
    Early registration for 2018 Higg Facility Modules closes November 7. Register now and encourage your value chain partners to register to receive a 40% discount during the early registration window. 

    Visit the new community on SAC Connect with resources about the 2018 Higg Facility Modules. Register for trainings, explore the library, and participate in discussions with fellow members. Your value chain partners can access Higg Facility Module resources through HowtoHigg.org.  
     
    2017 Higg FEM
    VERIFICATION: Through December 31, factories can verify 2017 Higg FEM self-assessments. Learn more.

    SHARE YOUR STORY: Take a short survey about the 2017 Higg FEM. Share your Higg Index story with the SAC. This is a great opportunity to be featured on the SAC website and social media channels! 
     
    Higg Product Module: Vote by this Friday, October 19
    One representative from each member organization may vote on the proposed methodology for the new Higg Product Module. Vote here by this Friday, October 19.

    Higg Brand & Retail Module
    Brand & retail members must submit a completed Higg BRM by October 31. Share your comments by October 31, too. Contact higgbrmbeta@apparelcoalition.org for more information.
     
    EVENTS: Future of Design Workshop
    Join us for The Future of Design Workshop in New York City on Friday, November 9.
    We will introduce apparel, footwear and textile design and production teams to the SAC, the full suite of Higg Index tools and how to apply the Higg Product Tools to their work. 

  • Higg FEM Verification Program Feedback Due Aug 31

    Dear SAC Members,

    We would appreciate it you would take some time to collect and input any feedback for the FEM verification program (e.g., SOPs, verifier criteria, higg.org process, implementation issues/questions, etc) using this feedback tracker: http://community.apparelcoalition.org/viewdocument/higg-fem-member-feedback-may-2018?CommunityKey=afe5a69b-577e-4ee3-b37a-6261ad705e25&tab=librarydocuments and email your feedback form to Erin, erin@apparelcoalition.org by end of day Aug 31, 2018.

    Please avoid sending long bulleted lists of feedback items via email and use the excel feedback tracker instead - this way we can consolidate all feedback more efficiently. 

    This feedback will be used to inform future enhancements of the verification program and will be reviewed by the VEP and Higg FEM Steering and Extended teams. We appreciate everyone taking some time to review and submit this feedback by Aug 31.

    *Please only submit feedback on verification program, NOT the verification How to Higg guidance as that deadline has already passed.

    Thank you!

    Cameron