The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) explains that its evolved strategy aims to build on its decade-long dedication to sustainability while focusing on three core pillars related to the mounting challenges the world faces today.

Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s new focused strategy

  1. Combating climate change: The SAC is concentrating its resources on building robust data systems and enhancing target-setting mechanisms to support the reduction of carbon emissions within the apparel industry’s supply chain. The SAC’s Decarbonisation Programme, initiated last year, seeks a 45% emissions reduction by 2030.
  2. Decent work for all: Efforts in this pillar are geared towards promoting effective management systems across the extensive manufacturing base, while also advancing the adoption of more responsible brand purchasing practices.
  3. Nature-positive future: The SAC is committed to advancing circular product design and development practices, bolstered by foundational environmental management systems for manufacturers and their facilities to promote sustainable resource usage.

The SAC adds that its extensive data collection efforts have provided insights into industry challenges.

The organisation says it is using its wealth of data in the following ways:

  • Data-driven insights: Moving beyond tool development, the SAC is harnessing data to gain insights that drive actionable strategies.
  • Mapping impact pathways: Shifting from performance snapshots, the SAC is using data to chart clear paths towards lasting, tangible impact.
  • Revamped verification: The traditional audit approach is evolving into a comprehensive journey of performance improvement.
  • Facilitating collaboration: Data serves as a cornerstone for fostering effective collaboration, particularly in areas that demand collective action.

Capitalising on its extensive membership base, the SAC’s refreshed data approach aims to drive substantial industry-wide change through strategic partnerships and a culture of collaboration.

SAC CEO Amina Razvi comments: “We stand at a crossroads. We can either remain passive participants or become catalysts for profound, industry-wide change. This isn’t just the SAC’s journey; it’s a collective endeavour. Your involvement is the accelerator of our shared impact. We’re not merely ticking boxes; we’re drafting the blueprint for sustainable industries worldwide.”

SAC’s upcoming release of Higg FEM 4.0

SAC says its release of Higg FEM 4.0, which is part of the Higg Index suite of tools is scheduled for November 2023. This updated tool is what the organisation calls its commitment to responsive, industry-driven solutions and the advancement of its work. It is developed in close collaboration with the SAC’s network of manufacturers and brands and is said to offer the following benefits:

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  • Data precision: Improved data quality to enable more accurate environmental assessments.
  • Industry alignment: Compliance with GHG Protocol and ZDHC Roadmap to Zero standards enables precise Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions calculations, facilitating Scope 3 reporting for brands and retailers.
  • Expanded scope: The tool now covers a wider range of critical environmental issues, from groundwater to soil contamination.
  • User-centric design: Streamlined question sets and advanced platform features to enhance usability and provide more insights.
  • Audit efficiency: Manufacturers benefit from a significantly reduced duplication of audits.

SAC released its annual report in July which centred on its collaborative action to drive change.