Sustainable Apparel Coalition Non-Member SME Higg Index Access


The Sustainable Apparel Coalition 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 technologicalinnovation. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition was incorporated as a 501c(6) nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools in 2011. 

The vision for the Coalition is 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. 

Higg Index Access

Sustainable Apparel Coalition members, non-member manufacturers, and non-member small and medium-sized (SME) brands and retailers, may access the Higg Index online platform. Non-member SME brands and retailers may take advantage of a special license for access to the Higg Index at, Higg product tools at, and participate in the industry-wide approach towards increased supply chain sustainability and transparency. 

Value of Higg Access

The Higg Index is the Coalition’s proprietary suite of tools that provides a common approach for measuring and evaluating supply chain and product environmental and social/labor sustainability performance. Important features of Higg Index access include: 

  • Universal industry standard assessments of a company’s environmental and social/labor sustainability performance, product design impacts, and environmental impacts of numerous raw material types

  • Ability to connect seamlessly with supply chain and industry peers, driving much needed transparency 

  • Best practice sharing through training documents, videos and webinars 

  • Benchmarking of company and supply chain sustainability performance to that of the industry


SME Higg Access Only

Access to Higg Index suite of tools (Brand, Facility and product modules) and industry benchmarking for one year
Access to training materials - documents, videos and webinars


Non-Member SME Higg Account Owner Commitments

  • SME participants must sign the Non-Member Brand & Retailer Access Agreement
  • Complete annual revenue declaration form prior to access
  • Submit payment of annual fee prior to access

Higg Index Access Only Fees:

SME Higg access fees are based on a company’s annual revenue according to the tiers below. Revenues will be reported by the company prior to being invoiced and upon each annual renewal.

Company Total Revenue Tiers:

SME Brand & Retailer* Higg Access Only Annual Fee**

SME Brands and Retailers  
  •  Revenues $20 million to $100 million
  •  Revenue less than $20 million

* 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.
**All fees are listed in USD.  

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