The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is developing a new web-based version of its Higg Index, which will help apparel and footwear firms reduce the environmental and social impacts of their global production.

The move will help take the Higg Index "to the next level," according to Jason Kibbey, executive director of the SAC, adding that it will also "increase usability and sustainability decision-making for our members."

The group is teaming up with energy management specialist Schneider Electric to develop and implement the Higg Index 2.0 online platform.

The Higg Index is being designed to help companies evaluate material types, products, facilities and processes based on a range of environmental and sustainability rankings. 

The goal is to see it adopted across the industry and its entire supply chain - and ultimately "encourage radical supply chain transparency."