Enabling Consumers to Make Sustainable Choices Through Transparency
August 20th 2018: GlobeScan and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition today announced a new collaboration on a study to develop communication guidelines and materials for engaging consumers on the Higg Index – a holistic suite of tools for measuring sustainability performance across the industry value chain.
GlobeScan will work with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and its members to develop a robust, global approach to identify what consumers want to know about the sustainability credentials of products, brands, and manufacturers and how different channels and content can guide them in their purchase decisions. The study will also look ahead to how consumers envisage shopping and receiving information in the future.
This study comes at a critical time for consumer trust in brands and their communications. Public trust in global companies to act in the best interests of society remains stubbornly low and the apparel industry is facing greater scrutiny of its social responsibility and environmental impact across the value chain.
Caroline Holme, Director at GlobeScan said: “We want to help the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and its members to engage their customers as effectively as possible. Our analysis shows that transparency is the top driver for rebuilding trust, but more than half of consumers across the world say that companies do not communicate honestly about social or environmental initiatives. Many consumers want to make choices that are good for people and the planet and this study will help to equip them with the information they need.”
In the GlobeScan / M&S Transparency Study, one of the emerging but challenging trends identified was the need for more information and education for consumers to help them make sustainable shopping choices.
Jason Kibbey, CEO, Sustainable Apparel Coalition said: “Collaboration is at the heart of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and we want to encourage consumers to make informed purchase decisions through greater transparency from brands, retailers, and manufacturers. We are delighted to be partnering with GlobeScan on this important study and through the development of these new guidelines and materials, we will be helping consumers to live more sustainably.”
The Higg Index is the core driver of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s vision of an apparel, footwear, and textile industry that produces no unnecessary environmental harm and has a positive impact on the people and communities associated with its activities. Developed by the coalition of members, it is a suite of tools that enables brands, retailers, and facilities of all sizes — at every stage in their sustainability journey — to accurately measure and score a company or product’s sustainability performance. The Higg Index delivers a holistic overview that empowers businesses to make meaningful improvements that protect the well-being of factory workers, local communities, and the environment.
About the Sustainable Apparel Coalition
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is an industry-wide group of more than 200 leading apparel, footwear, and textile, brands, retailers, suppliers, service providers, trade associations, nonprofits/NGOs, and academic institutions working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of products around the world. Through multi-stakeholder engagement, the SAC seeks to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability built upon a common approach for measuring and evaluating apparel, footwear, and textile product sustainability performance that spotlights priorities for action and opportunities for technological innovation. The SAC was incorporated as a 501c(6) nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools in 2011. For more information, visit www.apparelcoalition.org.