Full-time position, Remote (preferably Hong Kong or India)
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is seeking a highly respected sustainability professional to serve as its Manager of Higg Facility Tools. The successful candidate will play an essential role in managing SAC’s Higg Index Facility Modules, the Higg FEM & the Higg FSLM which enable thousands of apparel, footwear, and textile manufacturing facilities worldwide to track their progress in improving environmental performance and protecting the well-being of their workers. The Higg Index Facility Modules are the respected global standard for measuring and improving both environmental and social/labor impacts for one of the world’s most important industries.
About the Organization
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) was founded by a group of sustainability leaders from the global apparel and footwear industry who recognize addressing our current social and environmental challenges are both a business imperative and an opportunity.
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 and footwear product sustainability performance that spotlights opportunities for technological innovation and priorities for action. The Higg Index, our common measurement tool, is currently in use by thousands of brands, retailers, and facilities within our industry.
SAC is a fast-paced organization that has an ambitious mission that seeks to reward those who challenge themselves to provide membership and the organization with very high-quality deliverables and engagement in line with our mission. SAC values trust and strong relationships where team members collaborate effectively and support each other and the work across the organization.
Because SAC has been growing rapidly with an extremely ambitious vision, the organization seeks to manage the dynamic nature of its mission with efficient planning and effective execution. As SAC grows, the organization is implementing systems and processes at all levels of engagement to ensure strong governance and accountability.
SAC seeks a candidate who:
Is motivated by sustainability and the mission of the organization
Demonstrates proactive thinking to understand the implications of their actions.
Works collaboratively with teammates and stakeholders to ensure that processes and systems are robust and executed while honoring SAC’s culture of innovation.
The Manager of Higg Facility Tools will be responsible for managing and improving the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM), Higg Facility Social & Labor Module (Higg FSLM) and their suite of resources. The goal of this position is to continue to integrate input of Coalition members, facilities, and stakeholders into the tools and resources through effective engagement and facilitation and to scale the implementation of these tools globally. This role requires an expert in the field of supply chain engagement and factory-level sustainability management, who is experienced and confident with facilitation of diverse stakeholder perspectives. This role also will require familiarity and experience working with environmental and social & labor metrics and data analysis.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Manage Higg Facility Tools development: Lead planning and involvement of SAC members and stakeholders to shape content and methodology of the Higg Index Facility Environmental and Social/Labor assessments.
Support the technical development and scoring of both Higg Facility Modules.
Support technology development and testing of the Higg Facility Modules on the Higg.org platform
Provide expertise on environmental & social & labour subject matter.
Engage with the external stakeholders such as the ILO / Better Work team, Social Labor Convergence Project (slconvergence.org) on the Higg FSLM content, program, work plan and tools.
Continue the development of adoption resources that support the global scaling of the Higg Facility Modules, including “How to Higg” guidance, training and implementation guides, resources, and translations.
Support the continued engagement and development of Higg Facility trainer and verifier programs.
Support the Higg FEM verification programme.
Track and analyze Higg Facility Module adoption and performance data, including the development and review of data exports, internal and member data reporting, QA testing in cooperation with the technical teams, and responding to external data requests.
Ideal candidate has:
7+ years of progressive experience within the apparel, footwear, or home textiles industries including facility engagement and sustainability programs
Strong technical and analytical skills
Excellent written and verbal communications skills
Strong familiarity with SAC and the Higg suite of tools with a clear understanding of the difference in approach between Higg and standard audits
Experience working with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds
Excellent interpersonal, facilitation and problem-solving skills
Enjoys a fast pace, dynamic, challenging and team-oriented work environment
Demonstrated professional and personal interest in Sustainability
This role will report to Director Higg Facilities Tools.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Sustainable Apparel Coalition “SAC” is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization’s achievement as well.
We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.