Finding the sustainability hot spots
Continuous improvements to reduce environmental impact is an integral part of the day-to-day work for us at NA‑KD and for our partners. We use the Higg Index’s Facility Environmental Module (FEM) through our collaboration with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. The Higg Index is a performance platform that identifies, tracks and manages environmental impacts of a facility over time. It enables identification of sustainability hot spots, and improvement opportunities.
The Higg Index FEM focuses on six areas of environmental sustainability in our production:
- Environmental Management Systems
- Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emission
- Water Use and Wastewater
- Emission to Air
- Waste Management
- Chemical Use and Management
Where we are now
Status for how many suppliers that have signed up for the Higg FEM:
During 2020, 52% of our suppliers (representing 79% in terms of spend) shared their environmental data with us through the Higg Index FEM 2019 self-assessment. This corresponds to 101 out of 191 tier 1 factories.
As of 2020, we have incorporated the Higg Index in our Sustainability Criteria for producers. That means all new producers must sign up to the Higg FEM after they start working with us. The producers not registered fall into three groups. The first group is those specialising in product categories not covered by the Higg FEM, such as cosmetics. The second group consists of newly onboarded producers with no prior experience of the Higg Index or FEM self-assessment, who require time to study the module before registering. The third group of producers are those we are in the process of phasing out in 2020 and early 2021, and that we therefore do not require to join the Higg Index.