Sympatex is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). Sympatex joined the SAC in spring 2015 already, alongside more than 150 global brands, retailers and manufacturers as well as governmental, non-profit, environmental and academic organisations in order to promote together how to improve the supply chain in the clothing and footwear industry.
The SAC offers different modules to evaluate sustainability through all stages of the supply chain – for brands, producers, commerce and products.
The evaluation of sustainability is carried out within each SAC module by calculating the module-specific Higg Index. The modules are based on indicators that suppliers, manufacturers, brands and retailers can use to evaluate their materials, products, plants and processes regarding ecological questions and decisions concerning product design. The Higg Indexes are used to make decisions about the supply chain that lead to a better efficiency and sustainability impact.
Sympatex works on the “Environmental Brand Module” and has therefore committed itself to an annual improvement of this company’s Higg Index. Furthermore, Sympatex creates the product-specific Higg Index DDM (“Design Development Module”), which was launched at the beginning of November 2016, for the entire laminate portfolio.
More information about the Sustainable Apparel Coalition is available here.