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Higg FSLM is the Social Labor module developed by Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) to reduce the Social Labor impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world. It is the self assessment tool that helps organization to standardise the measurement and evaluation of Social Labor performance across the supply chain. Higg FSLM module having online practice-base qualitative questions to gauge social labor sustainability performance and drive behaviour for improvement. Higg Index is not a certification or any audit program once the company completes its assessment against the existing system and performance then request to verifier company to conduct the verification against the online filled assessment by company. It is totally score based program In order to reduce audit fatigue, a facility can post and share its Higg index verification results on an online platform and share it with brands and retailers. Only one Higg index verification is necessary, it will be recognised by all SAC members, allowing factories to focus their efforts on the implementation of improvement actions.
Higg Facility Social Labor Module (Higg FSLM) is intended to empower manufacturers, brands and retailers to scale sustainability improvements about the Social labor performance of their individual facilities. A clear picture of social labor impacts has been given to the facilities. It helps them identify and prioritize opportunities for performance improvements. Higg index FSLM is comprised on following segments:
• Recruitment & Hiring
• Hours of Work
• Worker Involvement & Communications
• Worker Treatment & Development
• Health & Safety
• Termination & Retrenchment
• Value Chain Performance
• External Engagement, Community Impact, Transparency and Public Disclosure
The objective of Higg Index (FSLM) assessment to reduce the social labor impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world and build trust in the Higg data so that it can be more effectively used in decision-making and consumer labeling while eliminating redundancy in assessments. Higg Verifications will furthermore enable manufacturers to spend more resources on capacity building and change the mind-set from compliance to performance improvement. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition aims to help their members better identify gaps and potential risks throughout their supply chain, to support member efforts in creating a sustainable supply chain as well as give relief to manufacturers from audit fatigue.
Higg Index is the voluntary assessment program and is suitable for any organization i.e. large, medium and small considering improving its social labor performance and sustainability to meet the expectations of all stakeholders. Higg Index verification acceptability is going high day by day and mostly retailers and brands demand Higg assessment and verification from their suppliers even it is becoming a pre-requisite of retailers & brands to start the business relationship with global supply chain. Once the data is uploaded online then it can be shared with any customer and mostly customer get the idea of compliance against their code of conducts and waive their own audits that helps factory from repetition audit fatigue.
Higg Index FSLM is developed by Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), Sustaibale Apparel Coalition is the apparel, footwear and textile industry’s leading alliance for sustainable production. Sustainable Apparel Coalition vision is an apparel, footwear and textile industry that produces no unnecessary social labor harm and has a positive impact on the people and communities associated with its activities.
The SAC is part of an ecosystem of three organizations, together with Higg Co and the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii). The organizations collaborate, with each serving a unique purpose to advance social and environmental sustainability within the industry. The SAC brings the industry together to develop the Higg Index; Higg Co manages the Higg Index platform, Higg.org; and Aii uses Higg Index data to scale impact improvement programs globally.
After finalization of agreement with client, Quality Systems’ experts visit to client’s premises and conduct the complete gap analysis of existing system against the Higg Index (FSLM) standard and discuss the gap report to the management, Identified gaps could be in documents, implementation, data generation , traceability of records and products, social labor & environmental system, employee’s awareness, statutory & regulatory and local laws compliances. We commence work according to the agreed timelines as per final gap report and proceed for the online assessment and verification once all the documentation, implementation, and other requirements are done. Our technical team provides complete assistance, support and cooperation throughout the process or verification process to achieve the good score.
Initially factory buys the Higg Index FSLM online module and after registration Higg Id will be created and factory will upload their data along with documented records once it is done then data will be submitted and shared to the clients. Factory can proceed for the verification to assure the reliability of uploaded data as well as verification can be done on customer’s request.
Charges of Higg Index FSLM verification can not be flat or same for every organization, please contact us in this regard.
Quality Systems is working with the team of qualified and experienced consultants and trainers having vast industrial experience, most of our consultants are also lead auditors who are aware to the expectations of auditors from your management system during the audit. Quality systems is assisting across the world to assess and achieve the required outstanding results. Our consultation methodology is highly professional, time bound and effective and we always add value to the business process of the client’s organization.
Our Higg Index assessment & verification complete package comprised on following segments such as training, implementation, consultation, gap analysis, documentation, internal audits, pre assessment, third party verification through world’s most recognized approved by SAC verifying body and post assessment & verification enhancement / maintenance services to enable your organization to get the best outcome of HIGG Index FSLM. Our services are globally accepted, authoritative and benchmarked in the field of Higg Index FSLM.