Advanced Facility Engagement Guidelines | Under Armour

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As part of Under Armour’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, it is an annual requirement for their supply chain partners to complete the Higg facility modules. Under Armour has communicated each facility’s specific Higg requirements for the 2021-2022 reporting cycle.  Based on the facility’s requirements this year, they should purchase one of the following Higg Facility Subscription options from their account’s Higg Subscriptions page. See descriptions below.

  • Facility Environmental Subscription – this subscription includes access to the standard Higg FEM 2021 self-assessment.
    • Facilities that are required by Under Armour to complete ONLY Higg FEM 2021 should choose this option.
      • Be sure to add verification for each module to your subscription.
  • Facility Plus Subscription – this subscription includes access to the standard Higg FEM 2021 self-assessment and the Higg FSLM self-assessment; this option also includes access to FEM Communication Toolkit, benchmarking, CSV exports, SLCP verified transfer.
    • Facilities that are required by Under Armour to complete BOTH Higg FEM 2021 and FSLM should choose this option.
    • Be sure to add verification for each module to your subscription.
    • Facilities that are engaged in the Better Work program or that wish to transfer their verified SLCP from the gateway to Higg must add the FSLM Verification fee.

Under Armour is working with Higg, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s (SAC) technology partner, to help facilities complete their assessment(s). Higg will be sending email communications throughout the reporting period to each facility. These Higg communications will provide resources and guidance to ensure facilities are getting the support they need to meet Under Armour’s completion requirements on time.

Who is Higg?

Higg is the sustainability insights platform, helping consumer goods businesses take responsibility for their entire impact – from materials to products, from factories to stores, across energy, waste, water, and working conditions. 

By making both data collection and performance analysis easier, we help brands and manufacturers make better environmental, social and governance decisions – across all parts of their business. 

Spun out of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition in 2019, Higg is the exclusive licensee of the Higg Index, a suite of tools for the standardized measurement of supply chain sustainability.

What is the Higg Index?

The Higg Index is a suite of tools developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), for the standardized measurement of supply chain sustainability, used by the footwear, apparel, textile, and other industries. Together, these tools are used to assess the environmental and social performance of both value chains and products. Each tool focuses on measuring a different parameter.

STEP 1: (IMPORTANT) Make sure to add info@higg.com to your company email’s safe email sender list, otherwise you risk not receiving the ongoing communications due to email firewalls. If you do not receive an email from Higg by February 23, 2022, please check your spam folder. 

STEP 2: LOGIN OR CREATE A HIGG ACCOUNT
Facilities that already have active Higg accounts can log into Higg.org. First-time Higg users should start here to learn how to create an account on Higg.org

STEP 3: PURCHASE A HIGG FACILITY SUBSCRIPTION 
Once logged in, purchase a Higg Facility Subscription from the Higg subscriptions page to access the Higg facility modules that you need to complete and share with Under Armour this year. Facilities that have been asked to complete verification this year will need to purchase verification along with the subscription.

For more information about Higg’s NEW facility subscription model, please refer to the PDF here and the subscription details page on HowtoHigg.

STEP 4:(IMPORTANT)  SHARE HIGG FACILITY MODULE(S) WITH Under Armour
Accept the module share requests sent by Under Armour.

If you do not see a pending share request from Under Armour in your modules page, under Share Requests, you should click the Share Module button and initiate the module share with Under Armour.

Sharing Details
Account Name: Under Armour
Higg ID: 45542

STEP 5: COMPLETE AND POST HIGG SELF-ASSESSMENTS WITH Under Armour
Complete 100% of the applicable questions and post the module. Facilities that have completed the Higg FEM in previous years can use the roll forward feature to easily copy data to the new self-assessment.

STEP 6: VERIFY HIGG SELF-ASSESSMENTS (if required)
Verification of the self-assessment ensures that facilities have accurately completed all parts of the Higg Facility module – giving the self-assessment data the credibility and accuracy required to share publicly.

SLCP Transfer Details (for non-Higg assessments only) 
Follow these steps to transfer a verified FSLM from SCLP. The transfer price is $199.

  1. Go to FSLM and select “Link SLCP Account”
  2. Log in to SLCP Gateway
  3. Go to verified assessment you want to transfer and select “Overview of my SLCP assessment”
  4. Find “Share with another accredited host” and choose “Sustainable Apparel Coalition (Live)”
  5. Return to FSLM and select “Transfer SLCP assessment”
  6. Purchase the transfer
  7. See your transfered assessment in FSLM

Higg.org 

  • November 5, 2021 – Higg FEM 2021 self-assessment is accessible; Higg verification available to purchase
  • January 1, 2022 – Higg FEM verification is accessible
  • April 30, 2022 – Higg FEM 2021 self-assessment can no longer be unposted (once posted)
  • October 31, 2022 – Higg FEM 2021 and verification is no longer available for purchase
  • December 31, 2022 – Higg FEM 2021 reporting cycle ends; Last day to post both self and verified Higg FEM 2021

Under Armour Deadlines (2021-2022)

  • April 30, 2022 – Higg FEM self-assessments must be posted and shared with Under Armour.
  • April 30, 2022 – Higg FSLM self-assessments must be posted and shared with Under Armour.
  • June 1, 2022 – VERIFIED Higg FEM assessments must be posted and shared with Under Armour.
  • June 30, 2022 – VERIFIED Higg FSLM assessments must be posted and shared with Under Armour.

Under Armour Resources

Higg FEM

The Guidance Documents below, are located HERE ON DROPBOX. They are intended to educate our partners about our environmental goals and provide support in completing the FEM.

  •  Under Armour Environmental Goals and Action Plans – Outlines UA’s high-level expectations and provides additional management templates. This guidance is directly linked to the Higg FEM and explains our specific overall goals and actions expected of manufacturing partners to continuously improve environmental performance. 
  •  Under Armour Environmental Handbook for Suppliers (Version 2) – Contains detailed guidance for all sections of the Higg FEM, with special focus on new aspects of the 2020 FEM. Please reference the Handbook’s updated sections as you finalized your Self-Assessment before the April 30th deadline.
    • TEMPLATES for Under Armour Environmental Handbook – Excel templates referenced in Handbook to facilitate your work.
  • 2021 Webinars Series – Addresses in detail all questions for each FEM section and walks through key changes to each section.  (Password for ALL webinars: ActSustainably2021)     
  • Renewable Energy Playbook – Provides direction and guidance when choosing to implement renewable technologies at your facility.  

 Higg FSLM

Higg User Resources

Higg’s training website, HowtoHigg.org, contains all of the information and guidance facilities need to help them at every stage of the module completion process.

  • Customer Support
    • Submit questions about Higg accounts, modules, and subscriptions to the Higg Support Team.
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