Higg Co has declared a partnership with responsible sourcing organization Sedex to make Higg’s facility environmental assessments obtainable to Sedex members.
Sedex and Higg Co will also start exploring new techniques to make social and environmental data easier to share between the two platforms, restructuring communications between buyers and suppliers. This new collaboration aims to broaden global due diligence efforts across industries and strengthen communications and transparency between supply chain partners.
The collaboration purposes to broaden global due diligence efforts across industries and strengthen communications and transparency between supply chain partners.
“Sedex is a trusted leader in sustainability management across more than thirty industries around the world,” says Jason Kibbey, Higg Co CEO.
“This partnership introduces Higg data to Sedex members and creates new ways for environmental and social sustainability data to flow across platforms. We are eager to provide Higg users and Sedex members a more seamless experience and help businesses streamline how they manage sustainability assessments,” Kibbey adds.
The goal of this partnership is to create one of the largest supply chain platform integrations to date, representing social and environmental sustainability assessments in more than 180 countries and improving supply chain transparency for businesses globally.
“I am excited Sedex is partnering with Higg Co, a global leader in the environmental assessment of supply chains. We are pleased to enable our members and Higg users to share social and environmental sustainability data across platforms, improving how they collaborate and communicate with supply chain partners. The partnership will strengthen the integration of social and environmental sustainability data, which is greatly needed to tackle issues that affect working conditions and the environment in supply chains,” says Simon McCalla, Sedex CEO.
The Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM), whose methodology is developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), has quickly become a standardized industry tool that empowers brands, retailers, and manufacturers in the apparel and footwear industry to identify and prioritize opportunities for performance improvements.
Higg Co and Sedex are together committed to reducing audit fatigue; a common result of repetitive, duplicative assessments completed by suppliers at the request of buyers.
Both organisations support unification of sustainability metrics at a global scale and increased supply chain transparency. This partnership helps bring that vision a step closer to reality.