Apparel is a proud member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a nonprofit
coalition of consumer industry stakeholders from across the value chain
coming together to align on sustainability performance tools and
objectives. The SAC and its members developed the Higg Index, a suite of
tools to measure the sustainability performance of brands, manufacturers,
and the products they make.
TAL Apparel has used the Higg Facility Environment Module (FEM) to measure
and benchmark our environmental sustainability performance across our
factories against industry best practices and enhance our environmental
management tools and procedures. The Higg FEM assesses factory performance
across seven impact categories from management practices, setting targets, and
measuring achievements. You can learn more about the Higg FEM here: Higg Facility Tools - Sustainable Apparel
our factories assess themselves against the Higg Facility Environment
Module (FEM). In 2020, we set ourselves a target of achieving an average
score of 80 across our factories by end of 2022. This past year, we
completed verification of our 2021 Higg performance across all six
factories. Out of 100 points, our factories achieved an average of 68.
we developed a clear plan to further improve and reach our 2022 target. We
are focusing on improving procedures for non-hazardous waste separation and
recycling, calculating our fugitive air emissions, and engaging with our
local community on environmental sustainability. We will also continue to
fully implement our environmental management procedures at our newest
factory in Ethiopia to help them achieve intermediate and advanced levels
in the Higg Index.