Higg Facility Social & Labor Module
The Facility Social & Labor Module (FSLM) measures the social impact of manufacturing across areas such as wages, working hours, health and safety, and employee treatment.
Higg FSLM CAF1.5 Update
The Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP) recently updated the Converged Assessment Framework (CAF) to version 1.5. This update ensures the consumer goods industry continues to measure the most important social and labor factors across the supply chain. CAF version 1.5, commonly referred to as CAF 1.5, will be rolled into the Higg FSLM upon its release in November.
The 2022 Higg FSLM will be available to purchase starting September 1. However, if users start the 2022 FSLM before November, they will automatically be directed to complete the older assessment, CAF 1.4.
Due to constraints, Higg cannot provide an exact date for when CAF 1.5 will be available in the 2022 FSLM. It is expected to be rolled into the 2022 FSLM in early November. This page will be updated with the exact date as soon as possible.
While CAF 1.4 is still a valid tool to measure social impact, it is important to many brands that their suppliers complete the most up to date version of the CAF. Brands and suppliers need to communicate with each other to ensure suppliers wait to begin their 2022 FSLM if 1.5 is required. This will ensure suppliers are reporting the most important information related to their social and labor practices.
For more information, please refer to the FAQ Page: Higg FSLM CAF1.5 Update.
Value of Higg FSLMBrands, retailers, and manufacturers of all sizes can use the Higg FSLM to assess social and labor conditions for the workers who produce billions of consumer goods each year. The FSLM is built on the converged framework of the Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP). On the Higg platform, the scored FSLM helps improve social and labor conditions for supply chain workers while reducing audit fatigue for factories around the world.
Impacts MeasuredThe FSLM measures overall social labor practices in facilities. It tracks management systems, operational controls, oversight, and worker and stakeholder engagement. Facilities can use the Higg assessment to understand performance hotspots and reduce audit fatigue. Instead of focusing on compliance, they can dedicate time and resources to making lasting systemic changes. The FSLM measures:
- Recruitment and Hiring
- Working Hours
- Wages and Benefits
- Worker Treatment
- Worker Involvement
- Health and Safety
- Management Systems
- Above and beyond