RSN Joins the Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) is excited to announce that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). SAC is a trade organization comprised of over 150 international brands, retailers, and manufacturers, among them adidas, C&A, Gap, H&M, Nike, Puma, Target, and VF Corporation. Members also include non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and government agencies. All of its members are committed to improving the sustainability and ethical sourcing of apparel and footwear.
Patricia Jurewicz, Director of Responsible Sourcing Network, stated, “We welcome the opportunity to formalize our relationship with SAC and support brand members on ensuring an ethical and sustainable value chain, all the way down to the dirt.”
RSN adds value to the work SAC is implementing. We will be working with SAC staff and members on the further development of the Higg Index, SAC’s sustainability measurement index. The Higg Index is an open source, indicator-based tool that can be used to evaluate materials, products, facilities, and processes based on environmental, social, and product design choices.
RSN will contribute to the development of the Higg index in relationship to social/labor indicators at the spinner and mill level of the value chain. This work will be coordinated with our new Spinner Verification Initiative.
“We welcome the addition of RSN to the Coalition, and look forward to its participation in this industry-wide effort in sustainability,” said Coalition CEO Jason Kibbey. “Having RSN as part of the Coalition widens the scope of our impact within the apparel industry and accelerates the change we’re making towards responsible industry actions.”
More information on SAC, the complete Higg Index, and a full list of members can be found at www.apparelcoalition.org.
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