Salt Lake City, UT, May 20, 2019 – Cotopaxi today announced its commitment to use the Higg Index, a performance measurement suite of tools developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), to drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its supply chain. Cotopaxi, a Benefit Corporation and outdoors gear brand, already commits to sustainable business practices and product design, making this a natural next step in its dedication to “do good”.
In using the Higg Index, Cotopaxi joins more than 8,000 global brands, retailers, and manufacturers, that also use the Higg Index tools, in a collective effort to improve supply chain sustainability in the apparel, footwear, and textile industry.
Karyn McKenna, Chief Merchandising Officer at Cotopaxi, shared: “We are thrilled to adopt the Higg Index and are grateful to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition for bringing to market such a useful suite of sustainability tools and metrics. Throughout our value chain, the Higg Index will help us advance our commitment to ethics and impact.”
In leveraging the SAC tools, Cotopaxi will implement the Higg Index, which measures sustainability performance and drives supply chain transparency and decision-making to improve efficiency and sustainability impact. The Higg Index is an indicator-based suite of tools that enables suppliers, manufacturers, brands, and retailers to evaluate materials, products, facilities, and processes based on environmental performance, social labor practices, and product design choices.
“We welcome the addition of Cotopaxi to the growing number of global organizations that use the Higg Index and look forward to their participation in this industry-wide effort in sustainability,” SAC Interim Executive Director Amina Razvi said. “Small and medium-sized enterprises make up the backbone of our industry, and the SAC highly values their commitment to accelerating the change we’re making towards responsible industry actions.”
Companies or organizations that are interested in accessing the Higg Index may inquire at https://apparelcoalition.org/join-us/.
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Cotopaxi is an outdoor gear brand and Benefit Corporation with a commitment to giving a portion of its revenue to alleviate poverty through its private foundation. With a growing team and customer base, we design, manufacture, and sell packs, water bottles, apparel, and gear for good. For more information, visit cotopaxi.com.
About the Sustainable Apparel Coalition:
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is an industry-wide group of over 200 leading apparel, footwear, and textile, brands, retailers, suppliers, service providers, trade associations, nonprofits/NGOs, and academic institutions working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of products around the world. Through multi-stakeholder engagement, the SAC seeks to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability built upon a common approach for measuring and evaluating apparel, footwear, and textile 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. For more information, visit apparelcoalition.org.