Sustainable Apparel Coalition Membership


The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is an industry-wide group of over 245 leading apparel, footwear and textile brands, retailers, suppliers, affiliates (service providers and trade associations), nonprofits/NGOs, academic institutions, and governments working to improve the environmental and social/labor performance around the world. Through multi-stakeholder engagement, the Coalition seeks to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability built upon a common approach for measuring and evaluating product sustainability performance that spotlights priorities for action and opportunities for technological innovation. The SAC was incorporated as a 501c(6) nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools in 2011. 

Vision: An apparel, footwear, and textile industry that produces no unnecessary environmental harm and has a positive impact on the people and communities associated with its activities. 

Current Focus: Broad adoption of the Higg Index, a suite of assessment tools for measuring the environmental and social performance of the complete product lifecycle; Higg Index verification; expansion of the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) database; and implementation of the Higg Facility Social & Labor Module (Higg FSLM). 

Membership & Higg Index Access

The SAC has three membership types that encourage broad participation throughout the apparel, footwear and textile industry. SAC members, non-member manufacturers, and SME brands/retailers can access the Higg Index suite of tools. 

Member Types

  • Corporate Members: Includes any company directly involved in the manufacturing or sales of apparel, footwear and textile products (e.g. retailers, brands, suppliers, packaging companies, recyclers). 

  • Affiliate Members*: Includes but is not limited to trade associations and companies that provide products or services to apparel, footwear and textile supply chain companies but are not directly involved in the manufacturing or sales of such products. They include certifiers and validation companies, and in some cases, not-for-profit organizations. 

  • NGO, Academic, and Government Members*: Includes universities, governments, government agencies, regulatory entities, non-profits, and non-governmental organizations.

* To qualify for membership, affiliate, NGO, and academic organizations must be recommended by three current SAC corporate members. 

Value of Membership

  • Collaborate with industry peers via SAC’s task teams, online discussion forums, full member webinar calls, and in-person meetings to develop and advance the standards for measuring and improving sustainability performance.
  • Receive support from SAC staff and members in implementing the Higg Index throughout your business and that of your value chain partners.
  • Drive business value, further transparency, and benchmark your company’s sustainability performance on the Higg Index to discover opportunities for improvement.
  • Inform your company leadership of latest sustainability developments and news. 
  • Communicate your sustainability performance to customers, investors, regulators, media, and others with greater confidence and detail.

Member Benefits



NGO, Academic, Government

Access to, Higg Product Tools (Higg DDM & Higg MSI), best practice training, reports, analytics, and SAC Connect collaboration platform.
Invitations to regular webinars, in-person regional/thematic, and full-membership meetings
Access to SAC Task Teams, Committees, and Collaboration Projects
Inclusion of logo on SAC website, PR, and other outreach materials
Eligibility to sit on Board of Directors
Eligibility to chair a Task Team  
Voting rights on critical SAC decisions  

Member Commitments

  • All members sign the SAC Membership Agreement to uphold and act in accordance with the Vision, Purpose, Shared Beliefs, and Operating Norms of SAC.
  • Members commit to the shared values of collaboration and transparency and freely share information with one another to advance the common goal of SAC.
  • Members agree to participate in SAC to support the industry as a whole. Participation to block overall Coalition efforts, promote a narrow interest at the expense of the broader industry, or inappropriate solicitation of business from other members will not be tolerated.
  • Brand and Retailer members agree to rollout the Higg Index to their supply chain partners and complete the Higg Brand & Retail Module annually.
  • Timely payment of annual dues.

Membership Dues

Dues are based on company annual revenue and apply according to the tiers below. Revenues will be reported by the company prior to joining and at time of membership renewal. 

SAC Member Total Revenue Tiers:

Annual Dues in USD

Corporate Members (Brands and Retailers)  
Revenues exceeding $10 billion $60,000
Revenues $1 billion to $10 billion $45,000
Revenues $500 million to $1 billion $33,000
Revenues $100 million to $500 million* $22,000
Revenues $20 million to $100 million $11,000
Revenues less than $20 million $5,500
 Revenues exceeding $10 billion  $50,000
 Revenues $1 billion to $10 billion $40,000 
Revenues $500 million to $1 billion $30,000 
Revenues $100 million to $500 million $20,000 
Revenues $20 million to $100 million $10,000 
 Revenues less than $20 million $5,000 
Affiliates (Service Providers and Trade Associations)  
Revenues exceeding $10 billion $60,000
Revenues $1 billion to $10 billion $45,000
Revenues $500 million to $1 billion $33,000
Revenues $100 million to $500 million $22,000
Revenues less than $100 million $11,000***
NGOs and Academics $1,000
Government (nation, state, or city) $0
 Government Agencies  SAC CEO Discretion

*Brands and retailers with annual revenue less than $500 million can access the Higg Index suite of tools without becoming an SAC member via SAC's Higg SME Higg Access Only Program.

**Non-SAC member manufacturers may access the Higg Index at without becoming an SAC member by paying a $150 annual fee per facility, per module.

***Dues exceptions under $10,000 will be granted at the discretion of the Bard of Directors
All prices are listed in USD.

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