Resources Library

Find all supporting documentation, guides and additional downloadable resources for all of our tools.

Facility Tools

FEM 2021 How to Higg Guide – FEM Content Guidance contains detailed guidance for each question of the Higg FEM2021. For each question, you will be able to understand the intent of the question, related technical guidance and how this question will be verified.

FEM 2020 How to Higg Guide – FEM Content Guidance contains detailed guidance for each question of the Higg FEM2020. For each question, you will be able to understand the intent of the question, related technical guidance and how this question will be verified.

Higg FEM Reference Guide (PDF) – This is a reference guide for navigating Higg FEM data. It provides a technical, slightly narrative description of the Higg FEM data as well as reference documentation for all FEM questions (including tooltips, conditionalities, answer options, and points).

All FEM Excel Reference Index (Excel) – This is a reference index with RefID’s and additional information on scoring, applicabilities, and more for all FEMs from 2017 through 2020.

FEM Performance Data CSV – The FEM Performance Data (CSV) features the key facility environmental performance data that Higg customers often want to feature in their internal reports and sustainability analyses.

FEM Units Conversions and Emissions Factors – For a complete list of unit conversions and emissions factors used in the Higg FEM please see the attached document below.

FSLM CAF1.4 Excel Reference Index (PDF) – This is a reference index with RefID’s and additional information on scoring, applicabilities, and more for FSLM CAF1.4.

FEM Glossary – Learn key terms and phrases used in the FEM. Click here.

FSLM Support – All content support and information on the FSLM are available on the SLCP Helpdesk. Click here.

FEM Scoring Table and Applicability – This document dives deeper in FEM scoring, including the scoring table and additional information on applicability.

FAQ: FEM Greenhouse Gas Emission Calculation Adjustments (Fall 2022)

  • We conduct technical audits to ensure our data and calculations are consistent across our platform. During our most recent audit, we uncovered a few inconsistencies across FEM assessments. For example, we fixed several greenhouse gas data calculations, such as rounding errors and updates to megajoule calculations. 
  • As always, our policy is to alert users as soon as we make these improvements.
  • Higg is committed to providing up to date, quality data. By resolving this technical issue, we’re ensuring our users have accurate information, including for historical reporting.
  • We’ve notified users whose historical data changed by  5%. For the majority of brands, retailers, and manufacturers, your data will not change significantly. 
  • At the time of calculating your greenhouse gas emissions, your company made the most informed decisions possible. 
  • The changes to your historical greenhouse gas data will be reflected in your prior years’ Higg FEM data, which is located in the following places – 
    • FEM Dashboard 
      • GHG totals
      • In your Performance Data CSV file
      • In each FEM Assessment downloadable CSV 
    • Higg Analytics charts (if you are an Expanded or Advanced user) 
      • Sources of GHG Emissions
      • Sources of Energy

If you’d like to address this data reporting change in your future corporate reports, we’d suggest the following language.

To help calculate our environmental impact, we use the Higg Facility Environmental Module, or Higg FEM. Recently, Higg made a few adjustments to make historic carbon emissions calculations more accurate. As a result, our previous data has shifted.

Brand Tools

Getting Started Guide – This guide explains the process of getting yourself and your team members prepared to complete the BRM.

Data Collection Guide – This document provides a high level overview to understand what type of information and documentation to collect prior to completing the tool. The more information collected in this stage, the easier the tool will be to fill out.

BRM How to Higg Guide – The How to Higg goes question by question through the assessment and provides detailed support to answer each question, how the question will be verified, the intent of the question, and more.

Product Tools

Higg MSI Methodology Document – This document describes the assessment and scoring methodology used for the Higg MSI. This includes how the data is organized, requirements for the data, why different impact methods were chosen, and how the MSI points are normalized.

Higg PM Methodology Document – This document describes the assessment and scoring methodology used for the Higg PM.

MSI Glossary – Learn key terms in the MSI. Click here.

Communication Guidelines

The Higg Index Communications Guidelines outline how Higg Index users may communicate Higg Index performance. The guidelines currently feature how to communicate performance for the Higg Facility Environment Module (Higg FEM), Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI), and Higg Product Module (Higg PM).

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