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scores for each factor under an evaluation of base materials (SAC 2012j ). Fig. 3 Higg Index 2.0 suite of tools (SAC 2012h ) The Sustainable Apparel Coalition and the Higg Index 35
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The SAC and stakeholders can review and compare material data and scores because the MSI dataset is open source. This will help to bring about collaboration and transparency in data across the apparel and footwear industries (SAC 2013a , b ). The RDM Beta is an original product to test the ef fi ciency of a tool that aims to provide education and guidelines to apparel and footwear designers to study the impact of their design creations on the environment. This is a modi fi ed version of the Higg Index 1.0. It allows the designers to get involved in the process and methods of lifecycle assessment and the methods by which the materials are assessed for sustainability through the MSI. The RDM Beta is a product-focused tool, which helps to gather information that will be useful for the modi fi cation of the tool. The feedback from members has resulted in the formation of a post-2.0 module task force, which aims to develop a broader strategy for the product module in the Higg Index (SAC 2012j ). Table 1 Comparison of Higg Index 1.0 and Higg Index 2.0 (SAC 2012h ) Higg Index 1.0 Higg Index 2.0 User interface Microsoft excel Web tool and microsoft excel Assessment type Qualitative Indicators Qualitative indicators + facility quantitative data (data values are not scored) Sustainability topics Environment Yes Yes Social/labor No Yes Product categories Apparel Yes Yes Footwear No Yes Value chain area Higg Index tools Brand module (environmental) Facility module (environmental) Product module Brand module (environmen- tal + social/labor) Facility module (environmen- tal + social/labor) Rapid design module beta Validation None Pilot of validation protocol for environmental facility module Material assess- ment (MSI) 44 materials 46 materials, with 2 new and 2 updated from public data submission Chemistry Basic indicator questions (environ- ment); MSI Incorporate content from chemicals management module and refer users to full assessment: social/ labor Benchmarking None Enabled through web tool Section weights (environmental modules) Equal weighting is default, with option to choose custom or SAC- recommended weightings SAC-recommended weightings are default, based on survey of SAC members 36 S. Radhakrishnan
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3.3 Areas for Improvement in the Higg Index Although the Higg Index 2.0 was introduced after analysis, pilot testing, and feedback, there is always room for improvement. The index format will tend to change according to the situation, challenges and real-time situations. Some of the areas of improvement are discussed below. The needs of the users in the industry are varied and require tools that would help them to make sustainable choices.
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