Today, we collect information on the environmental impact and the conditions at our suppliers and their subsuppliers through BSCI audits, the Higg FEM Index, our own environmental data collection, supplier certifications and supplier meetings. Our audits show that all our suppliers meet fundamental environmental requirements such as impact assessment, waste management and wastewater management. In 2021/22, we worked with the Higg FEM index for our largest garment suppliers and for our largest strategic dye houses and fabric mills. We find the FEM Index very informative as a working tool and as input for sustainability meetings with our suppliers, and we will continue to roll out the tool to more suppliers. Higg FEM measures our suppliers work with and impact on seven environmental areas: Management systems, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, water, waste, wastewater, air emissions and chemical management. Our suppliers had scores of more than 50 percent. This is above the average of Higg FEM's more than 15,000 suppliers. Our suppliers were especially strong on chemical management. Within a number of areas including implementation of renewable energy, our fabric suppliers still have a lot to do. Of our suppliers, 38 percent have implemented solar energy and 68 percent have scope certificates for GOTS or GRS requiring chemical management systems and solid environmental management systems with regular monitoring and targets.
The Higg FEM supports producing facilities in the apparel industry in assessing their environmental practices and impact. Based on a very detailed questionnaire, the index identifies strengths and areas for improvement by giving scores and benchmarks.
Environmental Management System
Energy/Greenhouse Gas Emissions