SAC Prioritises Climate, Work, and Nature
Announced amidst the backdrop of New York Climate Week, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is thrilled to unveil an invigorated strategy that builds upon its already formidable foundation.
As the world grapples with pressing challenges such as environmental deterioration, social inequality, and economic instability, the SAC is shifting its focus toward three core pillars: addressing climate change, ensuring equitable labour practices, and shaping a future that embraces the natural world.
The Three Pillars
Expanding on its decade-long dedication to sustainability, the SAC's refined focus seeks to make a significant and measurable impact on the most critical issues facing the industry. Each pillar boasts specific, targeted initiatives:
Combating Climate Change: The SAC is directing its resources towards strengthening capabilities, creating robust data systems, and refining goal-setting mechanisms to support brands and manufacturers in reducing emissions, particularly in supply chain hotspots. An exemplary initiative is the Decarbonisation Programme initiated last year, which aims for a 45% reduction in emissions by 2030.
Ensuring Decent Work for All: The SAC's efforts in this sphere will concentrate on fostering the adoption of effective foundational management systems across the extensive manufacturing base while also advancing responsible brand purchasing practices.
Shaping a Nature-Positive Future: The SAC is committed to promoting circular product design and development practices, underpinned by robust environmental management systems for manufacturers and their facilities.
Harnessing the Power of Data
Over the years, the SAC has amassed a wealth of industry data, offering not only a comprehensive overview of the industry's landscape but also insights into areas ripe for transformation. Recognising this potential, the SAC is ushering in a new era by:
Leveraging Insights: Moving beyond mere tool development, the SAC is utilising data to extract insights that inform actionable strategies.
Charting Impact Pathways: Transitioning from mere performance snapshots, the SAC now employs its data to chart clear paths toward tangible and lasting impact.
Reinventing Verification: The verification process is evolving from a traditional audit approach into a comprehensive journey of performance improvement.
Fostering Collaboration: Data serves as the bedrock for creating conditions that nurture effective collaboration, especially in areas that demand collective action.
Coupled with the SAC's extensive membership and reach, this revitalised approach to data transforms potential into tangible, real-world impact. Through strategic partnerships and a culture of collaboration, the SAC is exceptionally positioned to drive substantial, industry-wide change.
Accountability Through Industry Tools
A prime example of the SAC's ongoing evolution is the imminent release of Higg FEM 4.0, slated for launch in November 2023. This revamped tool epitomises the SAC's commitment to responsive, industry-driven solutions and the evolution of its work. Developed in close collaboration with the SAC's extensive network of manufacturers and brands, this update sharpens the tool's relevance and effectiveness.
Benefits and Impacts of Higg FEM 4.0:
Enhanced Data Precision: Improved data quality enables more accurate environmental assessments.
Industry Alignment: Compliance with the GHG Protocol and the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero standards allows for precise Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions calculations, simplifying Scope 3 reporting for brands and retailers.
Expanded Scope: Broader coverage of critical environmental issues, from groundwater to soil contamination.
User-Centric Design: Streamlined question sets and advanced platform features make the tool more intuitive and informative.
Audit Efficiency: The update significantly reduces the need for duplicate audits, offering a crucial advantage for manufacturers.
Higg FEM 4.0, a part of the industry-leading Higg Index suite of tools, positions the SAC and its members at the forefront of industry-wide environmental accountability, delivering a more focused, relevant, and efficient tool for measuring sustainability.
Amina Razvi, CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, remarked, "We stand at a pivotal juncture. We can choose to remain passive observers or become catalysts for profound, industry-wide transformation. This is not solely the SAC's journey; it's a collective endeavour. Your participation accelerates our shared impact. We are not simply ticking boxes; we are crafting the blueprint for sustainable industries worldwide."
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