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The Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) is one of the self-assessment tools from the Higg Index, which includes questions to assess environmental performance. This allows manufactures to detect areas of improvement as it outlines the current best practice in the field.

Higg FEM verifications are conducted on an announced or semi-announced base, and the verification can be conducted onsite or offsite. Furthermore, the facilities have the option to share it results with their stakeholders, such as brand and retailers.


  • Environmental management systems
  • Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Water use
  • Wastewater
  • Emissions to air (if applicable)
  • Waste management
  • Chemical use and management

How long is a Higg FEM audit valid?

The verification cycle is annual

Benefits of having your HIGG FEM tool verified:

  • Manufacturers, brands, and retailers can quickly identify opportunities of improvement in their extended value chain.
  • By using the Higg FEM tool, facilities can reduce audit fatigue and thus increase efficiency.
  • Improve the social performance of their supply chain.
  • Have a clear and consistent approach that highlights best practices.
  • Improve the resilience of their business to industry and market changes.

How does it work?



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What makes us different?

Provision of reports that concisely and objectively inform of the outcome of the assessment.
Understanding and knowledge of local issues linked to Social Compliance.
Highly experienced auditors that undergo continuous training and learning.
Cooperative and respectful attitude towards factory management and employees during interviews.
Quality assurance and control staff working independently from the on-site audit process.
Global Management System based in ISO 9001:2015, ISO 17021:2011.
Real time operations follow up via our ALGI Management System Software.
Confidentiality, Integrity and Impartiality are our core business values.