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The organization should aim for representation from around the globe by way of membership and members in the organizational setup. Apart from the board of directors and the working team, there should be an intermediary board/system that has representatives from all parts of the world. This will enable better understanding of the data collected, problems interlinked with product development, supply chain activities and consumer attitudes. The manufacturing environments, government policies, duties and taxes, infrastructure, equipment and process methodologies vary from place to place and require immense planning and analysis for imple- mentation of schemes and systems. This process of sustainability, which is now under the purview of the industries and organizations, should move to a larger scale on a governmental and global level, so that essential requirements for tool imple- mentation and coordination would be enhanced. Data, which is received from all around the world, must be catalogued and stored for future reference and use. Provisions should be allocated for sharing of knowledge, research and develop- ment, and ef fi cient personnel employed for the analysis and interpretation of data to foresee and forecast the action plan for the futuristic years. Research conventions, conferences and symposiums should be held to serve as a platform for interactions between the members and the outside world. Results of the research platforms and organizations with regard to all features of sustainability should reach the manu- facturers and consumers. This can succeed only when the research efforts are converted to industry-viable solutions through organizations devoted to this cause. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition and the Higg Index 49
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Promotional activities should be undertaken to create awareness among consumers and they should effectively create a long-lasting image that would encourage consumers to think in terms of sustainability and green economy. Funding for all of these activities should be raised from members, organizations, industries and other international sources. On the whole, the focus should be on sustainability, from the grassroot level to the highest authority. The SAC has grown to great levels since its inception in 2010. The feedback received has highlighted that the Higg Index is being used as a common mea- surement tool by apparel and footwear industries and members in the supply chain to undertake sustainable practices to bring about change and improvement. This organization is unique and the development of a strong uni fi ed culture is a foun- dation for future increases in membership and the evolving expectations around sustainability. The transference of the lessons learnt across the apparel industry and its supply chain and communication of the accomplishments of the SAC to con- sumers, would help in moving the organization forward on the path of success.
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