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collaboration projects manager, environmental sustainability manager, implemen- tation lead, product manager, membership development lead and an environmental sustainability analyst. The team members have vast experience in industry, product management, project management, development of assessment tools and sustain- ability issues (SAC 2012c , d ). These members are responsible for the planning, execution and evaluation of the different activities of the coalition and contribute to the sustenance and development of the organization. 2.3 Vision and Mission of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition The vision of the SAC is to promote an apparel and footwear industry that does not produce unnecessary environmental detriment and supports a positive impact on the people and communities involved with its activities. The coalition was founded by global sustainable leaders in the apparel and footwear arena who recognize the Fig. 1 Logo of the sustainable apparel coalition (19) 30 S. Radhakrishnan
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importance of addressing the current social and environmental challenges facing the industry. The mission of the coalition is to lead the industry towards sustainability based on tools for measuring and evaluating apparel and footwear product sus- tainability performance, thereby providing opportunities for technological innova- tion. With the vision and mission established, this organization is working currently towards the development and adoption of the Higg Index, a suite of tools for measuring and assessing the environmental and social performance of apparel and footwear products (SAC 2012e ). The purpose of the SAC is twofold. The member organizations will formulate plans to reduce the impact of the apparel industry with regard to the consumption of water, chemicals and waste generation. This can be achieved by the coordinated efforts of coalition members, industry and supply chain partners by lifecycle transparency for clothing, coupled with an assurance that fair employment practices and safe working environments are provided to the workers in the apparel industry. Secondly, the SAC will develop an assessment tool for the measurement of environmental and social impacts. Based on the indices developed by Nike and the Outdoor Industry Association, namely Apparel Environment Design Tool and Eco Index, version 1.0 of the Higg Index was developed. This tool assesses energy, water and chemical utilization by the industry and product lifecycle. A fi rm can then compare their results with those of their peers to create an awareness and improve performance by way of resources and guidelines. These efforts will reduce costs and will eventually develop customized assessment tools for specializations such as footwear (Kayne 2011 ). As a collection of assessment tools, the Higg Index was launched on December 11, 2013. Its focus is on the standardization of the measurement of environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products across the product lifecycle throughout the value chain.
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