Swiss outdoor brand Mammut has become the latest company to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), becoming part of a collaborative approach to ensure more responsible production in global supply chains.

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition brings together over 220 global brands, retailers, manufacturers and organisations from all parts of the apparel and textile industry, including Helly Hansen, Under Armour, Adidas, C&A, Gap Inc and VF Corp. It has been working to harmonise standards relating to sustainability, the environment and social issues, with additions including the Higg Index sustainability measurement tool.

Mammut, which recently announced its sustainability goals for the next five years, will now begin the progressive implementation of the Higg Index, which provides a series of standardised tools to measure environmental impacts and working conditions.

“In Mammut’s view, the strengths of the Higg Index are its unification of the industry and the comparability it allows”, says Adrian Huber, head of corporate responsibility at Mammut Sports Group AG. “All SAC members have committed to work together to ensure more responsible production in global supply chains. A collaborative approach is essential to support concerted efforts to continuously improve sustainability performance.”

Jason Kibbey, CEO of the SAC, adds: “Mammut’s entry to the Coalition will enable us to increase our influence in the [outdoor] sector and accelerate the change we are striving to bring about in relation to responsible behaviour.”

Earlier this month the SAC joined a new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action with an initial goal of reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. 

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