Supply Chain Helping to reduce suppliers' environmental footprint
We have focused most of our efforts to mitigate our environmental footprint on the parts of our business over which we have the most direct control. But we know that ultimately we can create greater impact by moving further into our supply chain, where a significant portion of the emissions related to our business originate. We are working with our global strategic suppliers to assess their environment impacts. We are also collaborating with the broader apparel industry to come up with wide-scale solutions.
We are a founding member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and took a leadership role in helping suppliers report on their environmental performance.
We are a founding member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), and in 2014 we became the first retailer to executive a large-scale rollout of the Higg Index, SAC’s environmental measurement tool, with suppliers. Beginning in 2017, we expanded our use of the Higg Facility Environmental Modules (FEM) 3.0 to collect data from mills’ self-assessment, which is verified by a third party. By 2020, we expect all Gap Inc. supplier mill facilities to participate in and report for Higg FEM 3.0.
We work closely with our suppliers to develop more sustainable manufacturing practices and engage them on the Higg Index and our goals. To make this easier, we created an online dashboard that allows our suppliers to see their environmental performance and identify opportunities to reduce GHG emissions, energy use and water consumption. Our long-term strategy centers on training suppliers on more sustainable manufacturing practices, engaging them on the Higg Index and our goals, and working with them to establish environmental impact reduction goals.