An Introduction to Higg FEM

An Introduction to Higg FEM

Higg Facility Environmental Module

Use the Higg FEM to assess environmental impact at manufacturing facilities – from energy use, water use, to waste management and chemical management – in order to identify strengths and uncover areas for improvement.

Value of Higg FEM

This tool measures and quantifies the sustainability impacts of a manufacturing facility. The Higg FEM will also reduce redundancy, reduce risk by way of uncovering inefficiencies, and create a common language to communicate sustainability to stakeholders.

Impacts Measured

The Higg FEM standardizes how facilities can measure and evaluate their yearly environmental performance. This tool provides a clear picture of the environmental impact that a manufacturer and its facilities are having upon the environment and the world as a whole. The Higg FEM helps manufacturers, brands, and retailers identify and prioritize opportunities for performance improvements.

Higg FEM Assesses:

  • Environmental Management System
  • Energy/Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Wastewater
  • Air Emissions
  • Chemicals Management


The scoring system behind the Higg FEM is designed to drive behavior change within the supply chain. Each impact area also receives a section score to help you quickly identify improvement opportunities.


Higg FEM verification confirms that you understood and answered your facility’s self-assessment correctly. Verification ensures data captured on the Higg platform can be trusted by external stakeholders. Click here to learn more about the Higg FEM verification process.

FEM Foundations

FEM Foundations is ideal for manufacturers, brands, and retailers to assess the environmental sustainability readiness of manufacturing facilities in their extended value chain. FEM Foundations quickly assesses a facility’s readiness to start on a more comprehensive environmental sustainability journey. Facilities can share both self assessed and verified FEM Foundations results with brand and retail value chain partners so that they can efficiently/quickly identify sustainability improvement and strategic investment opportunities within their value chain.


With the FEM benchmarking feature, you can set a performance baseline to  compare your facility’s performance year over year, helping you identify performance hotspots and track improvement over time. Robust analytics help you understand your Higg data and can inform your sustainability strategy. You can also compare your sustainability performance to other companies like yours and see how your sustainability performance compares to global and regional averages.