Summary of Updates to the 2020 Higg BRM – How to Higg Guide (v1.1)

General Changes

  • Added sub-numbering to the questions (if applicable)
  • Removed “none of the above” as answer option
  • In anticipation of a larger update in May 2021, removed verification guidance

1. Company Profile

Question 3
  • Clarified the scope for licensee and franchisee
Question 7
  • Added instruction on rounding numbers

2. Management System

Environment

Intro
  • Added a new image to describe OECD Due Diligence Process based on OECD’s updated presentation in February 2021
Question 1
  • Question has been reworded for clarity. Guidance tweaked to match the wording of the question
  • Added Value Chain definition
Question 2
  • Question has been reworded for clarity. Guidance tweaked to match the wording of the question
Question 3
  • Added definition of Program
  • Added additional resource to Helpful Resource
Question 5
  • Added instructions on completing the employees table

 

Social & Labor

Intro
  • Added a new image to describe OECD Due Diligence Process based on OECD’s updated presentation in February 2021
Question 1
  • Question has been reworded for clarity. Guidance tweaked to match the wording of the question
  • Added Partial Yes to the answer options
  • Added Value Chain definition
Question 2
  • Question has been reworded for clarity. Guidance tweaked to match the wording of the question
Question 3
  • Added definition of Program
  • Added additional resource to Helpful Resource
Question 5
  • Added instructions on completing the employees table
Question 6
  • Added instruction on completing the employees table

3. Retailer

Environment

Intro
  • Added guidance for what is considered out-of-scope
  • (retailers that sell brands that account for less than 1% of sales or business volume)
Question 2
  • Added hyperlink within the technical guidance.
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module


Social & Labor

Intro
  • Added guidance for what is considered out-of-scope
  • (retailers that sell brands that account for less than 1% of sales or business volume)
Question 2
  • Added link to the technical guidance.
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are:  >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%

4. Brand

Environment

Intro
  • Added clarification guidance to the scope of the section in relation to licensees who responsible product creation
Question 1
  • Added definition of Foam material under Technical Guidance
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module
Question 2
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module
  • Updated the Higg MSI hyperlink under Helpful Resources
Question 3
  • Updated the Higg MSI hyperlink under Helpful Resources
  • Updated the Textile Exchange hyperlinks under Helpful Resources
Question 4
  • Updates to the list of materials were made. These are:
    • Renamed from leatherware to leather
    • Wool material added to the list
    • Added cardboard as an example to Wood-Based Materials
  • Updated the hyperlinks to Higg MSI and Textile Exchange under Technical Guidance and Helpful Resources
  • Updated the image of Textile Exchange Preferred materials Portfolio under Technical Guidance
Question 5
  • Updated the screenshot of the materials table with a clearer resolution
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
  • Updated the hyperlink for GOTS under Helpful Resources
Question 6
  • Updated the Higg Product Module link under Helpful Resource
Question 7
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 10
  • Updated hyperlink to Supplier Network Diagram v6.1 that defines the supplier tiers in technical guidance and helpful resources
  • Added definitions for finished component manufacturing and material converter in technical guidance and helpful resources
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 11
  • Added clarification in technical guidance on how to answer this question
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 12
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
  • Added updated hyperlink to the Supplier Network Diagram version 6.1
Question 12
  • Added value chain definition under technical guidance
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 16
  • Added two new resources to Helpful Resources
Question 17
  • Added sub-numbers to the question
Question 20
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are : >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 25
  • Added cardboard as an example to Wood-Based Materials
  • Added definition of foam material under technical guidance
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 26
  • Added cardboard as an example to Wood-Based Materials
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%


Social & Labor

Intro
  • Added clarification guidance to the scope of the section in relation to licensees who responsible product creation
Question 11
  • Added Value Chain definition
Question 16
  • Re-added missing sub-question 16.1
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Purchasing Practices Intro
  • Added links to two new resources from Better Buying Initiative
Question 23
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 24
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 26
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 27
  • Updated the guidance to match the wording of the question (from supplier to manufacturer)
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance (removed partial yes)
  • Updated the guidance to accurately reflect the revised answer options

Question 28

 

  • Updated the guidance to match the wording of the question (from supplier to manufacturer)
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%

Question 29

 

  • Updated the guidance to match the wording of the question (from supplier to manufacturer)
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%

Question 30

 

  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 31
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 32
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 33
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance (removed partial yes)
  • Updated the guidance to accurately reflect the revised answer options
Question 34
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 35
  • Aligning the use of “supplier” within the guidance
Question 37
  • Aligning the use of “supply chain partners” within the guidance

5. Stores

Environment

Question 1
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 2
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 3
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 5
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%


Social & Labor 

Question 1
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 3
  • Question has been reworded for clarity
  • Guidance tweaked to match the wording of the question
Question 7
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance for clarity

6. Operations & Logistics

Environment

Intro
  • Clarified the scope that includes third party logistics providers
Question 1
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 2
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 4
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Transportation sub-section : Intro
  • Clarified the scope that includes third party logistics providers
  • Added two new resources under Supporting Resources
Question 8
  • Question has been reworded to include logistics providers (previously: transportation partners)
  • Guidance has been updated to match the question
  • Added two new resources under Helpful Resources
Question 9
  • Question has been reworded to include logistics providers (previously: transportation partners)
  • Guidance has been updated to match the question
Question 10
  • Question has been reworded to include logistics providers (previously: transportation partners)
  • Guidance has been updated to match the question
  • Added two new resources under Helpful Resources
Question 16
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 17
  • Added the answer options for this question (this was missing previously)
  • Sub-questions as part of this question have been revised to align with the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
  • One resource has been added under Helpful Resource
Question 18
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 20
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%

 

Social & Labor

Intro
  • Clarified the scope that includes third party logistics providers
Question 1
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 2
  • Added the multi-select answer options within the guidance
Question 4
  • Under answer options changed from upload to provide the action plan (uploads for this 2020 Higg BRM cycle is optional)
Question 8
  • Question has been reworded for clarity
Question 9
  • Question has been reworded for clarity
Transportation sub-section : Intro
  • Renamed from transportation carriers/fleets and or vendors to third-party logistics providers.
Question 11
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 12
  • Question has been reworded for clarity
  • Guidance has been updated to match the question
Question 13
  • Question has been reworded for clarity
  • Guidance has been updated to match the question
Question 17
  • Updated the intent of the question
  • Updated the answer options
Question 21
  • Question has been reworded for clarity
  • Guidance has been updated to match the question
Question 22
  • Question has been reworded for clarity
  • Guidance has been updated to match the question
Question 23
  • Question has been reworded for clarity
  • Guidance has been updated to match the question
Question 25
  • Revised the answer options under technical guidance to align the percentages across the module. These percentages are: >75%, 25-75% and less than 25%
Question 27
  • Question has been reworded for clarity
Question 31
  • Updated answer options under Technical Guidance
Question 32
  • Updated the intent of the question
Question 35
  • Question has been reworded for clarity
  • Guidance has been updated to match the question
Question 36
  • Question has been reworded for clarity
  • Guidance has been updated to match the question
Question 37
  • Question has been reworded for clarity
  • Guidance has been updated to match the question

 

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