Higg FSLM Scoring System Guidance

Higg Facility Social & Labor Module Scoring System

The Higg Facility Social & Labor Module (Higg FSLM) assesses social & labor conditions in global facilities where workers produce billions of garments, textiles, and footwear every year. The Higg FSLM helps manufacturers, brands, and retailers understand the social and labor impacts of their value chain, reduce audit fatigue, and make proactive improvements.

The Higg FSLM leverages the existing Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP) Converged Assessment Framework (CAF) as the foundation of the tool. The Higg FSLM is continuously updated and improved in sync with the Converged Assessment Framework from SLCP. Any changes to scoring will be posted here and in the appropriate sections.

It is important to note that the scoring system is designed to be universal and drive behavior change. This means points are only assigned to universal questions that drive actions, decisions, and practices that lead to better social and labor sustainability outcomes. Points are not assigned to questions with quantitative data, text entry answers, or with conditions that serve as information only.

The Higg Facility Social & Labor Module (Higg FSLM) scores a facility on its performance across nine sections:

  1. Recruitment and Hiring
  2. Working Hours
  3. Wages and Benefits
  4. Employee Treatment
  5. Employee Involvement
  6. Health and Safety
  7. Termination
  8. Management Systems
  9. Empowering People and Communities

The Higg FSLM score is out of a possible 100 points. Each section in the Higg FSLM consists of 100 points and is weighted equally in the total score. As a result, each section score is worth an equal portion (11.11%) of the points assigned to the total Higg FSLM score.

The Higg FSLM consists of 3 steps. Each section from the assessment is grouped into the 3 steps. Total Higg FSLM scores are calculated based on the step(s) completed. This means the maximum total score a facility can earn is based on which step(s) the facility chooses to complete in the Higg FSLM. To earn the  maximum 100 points in the Higg FSLM total score, a facility must complete all 3 steps.

NOTE: In Facility Profile, if you answer “No” to the question relating to “Operating license/registration is available and up to date” (FP-OC-1), you will receive a score of zero for the whole module.