Eco-Index / Higg Index

CLIENT: Outdoor Industry Association (O.I.A.) / Sustainable Apparel Coalition (S.A.C.)

PROJECT: Eco-Index / Higg Index

CLIENT’S NEED: Apparel, Footwear, and Equipment brands, retailers, and suppliers needed a common and easy to use tool to compare and assess the environmental impacts of their products, material suppliers, manufacturers, packaging, and shipping.
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The Index provides a standardized methodology to measure and evaluate performance of products, materials, packaging, manufacturing, distribution, use and service, and end of life.
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The Index was noted as one of the 10 Most Hopeful Green Business Stories [of the Year]” by GreenBiz.com.
The Index enables companies to incorporate environmental considerations into their designs and sourcing decisions. It provides a standardized methodology to measure and evaluate performance of products, materials, packaging, manufacturing, distribution, use and service, and end of life.
APPROACH: Shift Advantage provided technical expertize and facilitated working groups made up of representatives from brands, manufacturers, material suppliers, government agencies, and universities to develop an index to measure and compare products, materials, packaging, and suppliers. Shift Advantage then partnered with Nike and the S.A.C. to further develop the index, including vetting and incorporating material lifecycle data into the index.

RESULTS:

Hundreds of companies have adopted the index, first called the Eco-Index and later renamed the Higg Index. The Index was noted as one of “The 10 Most Hopeful Green Business Stories [of the Year]” by GreenBiz.com. The Index enables companies to incorporate environmental considerations into their designs and sourcing decisions. It provides a standardized methodology to measure and evaluate performance of products, materials, packaging, manufacturing, distribution, use and service, and end of life. The Index provides companies the tools to identify issues and opportunities in their own business and throughout their supply chain.