Testing, inspection and auditing firm CTC has been accredited by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) to help companies determine the sustainability of their suppliers and factories.

SAC brings together brands, retailers, manufacturers, government, non-governmental organisations and academic experts with the goal of reducing the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products globally. The group is also behind the Higg Index sustainability measurement tool.

The accreditation of CTC’s experts in Europe, China and India as official SAC verifiers will help apparel and footwear brands to assess the environmental performance of their suppliers.

The SAC "is a great move for the apparel and footwear industry," says André Leroy, CSR officer of CTC Groupe and sales director for Greater China.

"With this standard, the industry will in the future give consumers the tools to make their final choice. This first move will meet companies’ growing needs to assess the sustainability of their supply chains."