1. What results does the BRM provide?
By completing the BRM you will receive the following results:
One Total Score – Each completed BRM self-assessment will result in one finite score out of 100 i.e. a percentage. We have created one score that is simple to communicate, and easy to understand. This can be used to benchmark yourself against peers and share with stakeholders in a clear and transparent way.
ESG Scores – In addition, each company will receive a score for each Pillar of activity – Environment, Social and Governance and additional scores for each Impact area (e.g., climate, workers, ethics and behavior). These will be a useful way to show how you are progressing in each area.
Improvement Report – Each company will receive an Issues and Opportunities Report which highlights the importance and criticality of the topic and gives recommendations about how to improve.
2. How does the scoring methodology work in the BRM?
In practice, each question in the BRM 2022 is worth a specific number of points out of 100. The number of points a question is worth depends on the organizational type of the survey taker (i.e., the BRM path taken: Brand, Retailer, Brand & Retailer). Since Brands and Retailers answer a different number of questions, their possible question scores will vary. It is important to note that in the BRM assessment all questions, except the data submission requests, are scored and visible.
How are Questions Scored?
The BRM has been created to encourage Brands and Retailers to focus on real action, impact and results. As a result, the questions and topics most pertinent to the Apparel, Footwear and Textile Industry may score more highly than others.
To achieve this, Pillars, Impact Areas, and Due Diligence Steps have all been weighted to reward activity and progress on specific actions.
To derive the number of points a question is worth, all questions can be thought of as bucketed into separate groups determined by their attributes: Pillar, Impact Area, and Due Diligence Step. Each question is in the same group as those other questions that have the same value for the three scoring attributes. So one group would be Pillar:
Environment, Impact Area: Climate, Due Diligence Step: Collaboration. That group’s total value is the weights product of the weights Pillar Weight x Impact Area Weight x Due Diligence Weight. Each question within a group is worth the same amount as all the others but some questions are composed of multiple data inputs, represented as visibly grouped questions in the survey.
To calculate the final score the achieved points are divided by the possible points and multiplied by 100.
3. How to access BRM results?
View your scores by clicking Scores in the BRM menu. Here you can see your total score, as well as the breakdown of your score for each pillar and impact area.
Scores are only visible once you have posted your assessment.
Your total score and pillar-scores are also visible on the BRM overview page:
Issues & Opportunities
Once you have completed and posted your Higg BRM module, you can look at the Critical Issues and Opportunities report. This report highlights critical issues and areas of opportunities for improvement. These improvement opportunities are based on three levels:
- Level 1 – foundational
- Level 2 – progressive
- Level 3 – aspirational
All negatively answered questions will be shown here, categorized by level of criticality. Use the filter options to dive into specific sections or topics and see where you can improve your sustainability efforts. In the third column, recommendations are listed for each question. Work with this guidance after completing the BRM to improve your company’s ESG efforts on a continuous basis and to show year on year progress.
4. How to improve on BRM results?
At the end of your Assessment you will receive your scores (See Q.1 What Results does the BRM Provide). With these results you will be able to compare and benchmark yourself with other brands or retailers which can be used to plan improvement activities. In addition, as explained in the previous section, by using the Issues and Opportunities Report your organization will be able to get insights to help internal teams establish a roadmap to progress and score improvement for subsequent BRM Cadences.