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Webinar: Preparing for Higg 3.0-What You Need To Know & Do

This webinar will provide a preview of Higg 3.0 and an overview of the updates related to general sustainability initiatives.

Audience: Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.


The Sustainable Apparel Coalition will release an updated version of its Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) in November. This webinar will provide a preview of the Higg Index suite of tools, with specific focus on Higg FEM, and offer an overview of the updates related to general Sustainability initiatives (ZDHC, Social & Labor Convergence Project, environmental certifications, etc.) 

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) develops the Higg Index ( The development of the Higg has been a global, collaborative, effort among retailers, brands, manufacturers, service providers, NGOs, academics, and others. It is a self-assessment tool for the apparel and footwear industry for assessing sustainability impacts (environmental, social, labor, etc.) throughout a product's entire life cycle - from company philosophy and values, to design, materials, production, consumer, and end-of-life.  


Rick Horwitch
Vice President, Global Retail Market Lead & Supply Chain Strategy
Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services

Bureau Veritas is the world’s oldest and one of the largest providers of Quality, Health, Safety, Environmental, and Sustainability (QHSES) services. Bureau Veritas’ customers include 48 of the top 50 retailers in North America and 41 of the top 50 consumer products brands. Rick’s focus is on developing Supply Chain Risk and Quality Management (SCRQM) and Sustainability solutions, as well as strategic partnerships and alliances which help customers protect their brands, reduce cost, and improve cycle time.
Jason Kibbey
Sustainable Apparel Coalition 

Jason Kibbey is the CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is an industry-wide group of leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, manufacturers, non-governmental organizations, and academic experts working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world.

He was the CEO and co-founder of PACT, an apparel company combining design, sustainability, and philanthropy. He served as Co-Founder and interim Executive Director of Freedom to Roam, a non-profit initiative that brings together people, organizations and businesses to enhance and protect wildlife corridors and landscape connectivity in North America. He developed Freedom to Roam while working on environmental campaigns for Patagonia.

He started his career as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, where he worked on turnaround and product strategies for high-tech companies. Jason graduated from University of California (UC) Berkeley with a BS Environmental Economics and Policy and BA in Religious Studies.  He received his MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.



Nate Herman
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain

Nate Herman oversees AAFA’s government relations department, managing the association’s lobbying, policy, and regulatory affairs activities. Nate leads AAFA’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, formulating and implementing CSR policy and representing AAFA and the industry on CSR issues before governments, NGOs, and other key stakeholders. Nate also leads the association’s work on sustainability, transportation, logistics, and customs issues. In addition, Nate develops all apparel and footwear industry data and statistics as AAFA's resident economist. Prior to joining AAFA, Nate worked for six years at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration assisting U.S. firms in entering the global market. Nate spent the last two years as the Department's industry analyst for the footwear and travel goods industries. Nate received a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the University of Delaware in 1992. 

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11/14/2017 11:00 AM - 11/14/2017 12:00 PM
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