Cascale Prepares Higg Index Users for Legislation

  • Higg Index Tools
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Webinar series will help prepare Cascale members and users of the Higg Index tools for compliance with current and emerging legislation impacting the global consumer goods industry.

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March 19, 2024

Cascale, the global nonprofit alliance formerly known as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, is set to launch a crucial webinar series in 2024.

Designed to navigate the complex regulatory landscape, this series will guide over 24,000 Higg Index users through compliance with current and upcoming EU and national legislation. This effort underscores Cascale’s commitment to equipping the consumer goods industry with the tools necessary for sustainability performance improvement amidst evolving regulations.

“The recently adopted Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive by the Council of the EU underscores the importance of companies understanding the impact of new pieces of legislation and how tools like the Higg Index can support their compliance journey and due diligence process,” said Elisabeth von Reitzenstein, senior director, public affairs at Cascale. “We are proud of the work that goes into updating the Higg Index suite of tools to align with relevant existing and upcoming legislation that will help shift the consumer goods industry to one that gives back more than it takes to people and the planet.”

The “Navigating Legislation & the Higg Index” webinar series kicks off on March 27 with an inaugural webinar on how the Higg Product Tools intersect with key legislation such as Product Environmental Footprint (PEF), Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR), and Substantiating Green Claims Directive (SGCD). This webinar is open to all and attendees will receive summary materials; please click here to register. 

Future sessions will explore how the Higg BRM tool complements legislation such as the European Union’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), which entered into force in January 2023, as well as how the Higg Facility Tools align with relevant legislation like CSRD and the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CS3D), a European directive that is expected to be finalized in the upcoming weeks and will require due diligence for companies to prevent adverse social and environmental impacts across their value chains. The discussions will continue at Cascale events throughout the year; please click here to receive more information.

Cascale serves as a catalyst for standardized sustainability performance measurement across the consumer goods industry. Recognizing the evolving regulatory landscape, the organization initiated comprehensive analyses to map the Higg Index suite of tools with relevant existing and upcoming EU and national legislation. These analyses form the basis of the “Navigating Legislation & the Higg Index” webinar series and accompanying resources and, by identifying existing and future gaps, help inform the continuous evolution of the tools alongside regulatory changes to facilitate proactive alignment. In November 2023, Cascale published a summary report outlining the key insights gleaned from these analyses. By advocating for the tools’ continued relevance, Cascale empowers its members to navigate complex regulatory requirements with confidence.

In tandem with the webinar series, Cascale will provide its members with updates and resources to help them navigate the regulatory landscape, emphasizing how the Higg Index aligns with their legislative obligations and due diligence requirements. Click here to learn more about becoming a member. 



Cascale’s Higg Index suite of tools is comprised of five modules: the Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM), Higg Facility Social & Labor Module (FSLM), Higg Brand & Retail Module (BRM), Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI), and Higg Product Module (PM). These tools are designed to enhance standardized sustainability practices and performance for the consumer goods industry; in many cases, the tools can also support compliance and legislative requirements.



Cascale actively advocates and collaborates with policymakers, which includes facilitating the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) Technical Secretariat for Textiles and Footwear and providing technical expertise for drafting the sector-specific methodology for the textile sector (i.e. the PEFCR). Cascale’s Higg BRM team will provide technical expertise to EFRAG, a coalition funded by the European Commission, to draft the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) sector-specific data points for the textile sector.



Cascale is the global nonprofit alliance catalyzing collective action toward equitable and restorative business practices in the consumer goods industry. Spanning 300 retailers, brands, manufacturers, governments, academics, industry associations, and nonprofits across 37 countries, we are united by a singular vision to give back more than we take for people and the planet. Cascale’s membership includes apparel, footwear, home furnishings, sporting and outdoor goods, and bags and luggage companies.

Formerly known as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Cascale owns and develops the Higg Index. Initially formed to create standardized sustainability metrics, Cascale has sharpened its focus to driving pre-competitive collective action for a unified industry transformation. As an independent entity, Cascale brings together brands, retailers, manufacturers, NGOs, academics, and industry associations to combat climate change, ensure decent work, and contribute to a nature-positive future.

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