SAC Launches Higg Index
Developed by SAC members -— including, among others, the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Sustainability Working Group, Boulder, Colo., and Nike, Beaverton, Ore. — the Higg Index is based on established evaluation tools including the OIA Eco Index and Nike's Materials Assessment Tool. Its launch comes after a year of beta testing to measure the sustainability impact of some 150 products from more than 63 companies.
The index's current version offers a transparent, open-source tool to measure the environmental impact of apparel in the categories of water usage and quality, energy and greenhouse gas, waste, chemicals, and toxicity. The SAC is refining the tool and plans to release an updated version in 2013 that incorporates key social and labor metrics. Future iterations will cover footwear and gear.