Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)

Kjersti has been representing IWTO (International Wool Textiles Organisation) in SAC since 2013. This time the meeting was in Osaka with 250 delegates from 133 global brands represented. Some great conversations and meetings took place.
A pilot tool version was launched of the Design and Development Module, where Kjersti has been actively involved in the working group for more than a year. What started out with high ambitions to become a designer`s tool covering the complete lifecycle, has become a simplified tool for design and development choices from Cradle-to-gate, giving material choice 90% of the impact. Looking  forward to pilot testing!
The Facilities Environmental Module is the most advanced with a verification pilot already starting and 2000 facilities have so far implemented this Higg Index module. A Social and Labor Convergence Project together with actors from civil society was also launched.

The Coalition’s main focus is on building the Higg Index, a standardized supply chain suite of measurement tools for all industry participants to understand the environmental and social and labor impacts of making and selling their products and services. By joining forces in a Coalition, we can address the urgent, systemic challenges that are impossible to change alone. A common language is also the first step to efficient transparency.

The Sustainable Apparel coalition was born from a dynamic and unconventional meeting of the minds. In 2009 Walmart, America`s biggest retailer and Patagonia, one of the world`s most progressive brands, came together with a radical mission: Collect peers and competitors from across the apparel, footwear and textile sector and together, develop a universal approach to measuring sustainability performance.

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