Sustainable Apparel Coalition

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Verification Program Manager

Sumerra is proud to serve as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s (SAC) Verification Program Manager (VPM). In this capacity, Sumerra manages the implementation of SAC’s Verification Program for the Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM). This includes the application process, providing training, and implementation of Quality Assurance (QA) processes and procedures. All official verifications of the Higg FEM must be completed by a verifier who has completed the application and training process.

To see a list of SAC Higg FEM Verifiers click the button below.

Higg FEM Verifier List Verifier Code of Professional Conduct

Training Program Manager

Sumerra also serves as the SAC’s Training Program Manager (TPM). In this capacity, Sumerra manages the implementation of SAC’s Training Provider process for the Higg Index Facilities Environmental Module (FEM). This includes the application process, providing training, and implementation of Quality Assurance (QA) processes and procedures. Service providers who wish to provide SAC training to facilities must be trainer who has completed the application and training process.

To see a list of SAC Higg FEM Training Providers click the button below.

Higg FEM Training Provider List

Service Provider Applications

Sumerra is accepting applications now for the following roles in the SAC programs:

    • Higg FEM Verifier
    • Higg FEM Chemical Specialist
    • Higg FEM Training Provider

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Before you apply, please note the following:

    • Applicants are accepted all year on an ongoing basis
    • Anyone (brand, manufacturer, service provider, individual) can apply provided they meet the criteria listed below
    • Approved FEM 2.0 Verifiers must be reapproved to conduct current FEM verifications
    • Application fees are not refundable (therefore, all information provided in the application introduction should be read carefully)
    • Completion of official training is required. Verifiers must also pass a proctored final exam to be a Higg FEM Verifier. More details on the training are provided below.
    • The application is for those who wish to be approved to provide SAC approved services (verification, facility training). For those who are interested in completing training but not seeking to be an approved training provider (e.g. interested to learn new skills or for own personal knowledge), training modules will be available and do not require an application form. These will become available in early 2018. If you are interested you may contact Sumerra or the SAC to express your interest in being alerted when they are available.

Criteria:

Higg FEM Verifier
    • Fluency in spoken and written English
    • Sufficient education (e.g. tertiary degree in environmental or life science) and experience with environmental assessments (at least 20 assessment that include a broad set of subject matter including Wastewater, Water use, Chemicals Management, Energy, Air Emissions, Waste, and Environmental Management Systems – NOTE: 40 assessments required if lacking a degree in environmental or life science)
    • Additional experience, skills and training, or certification in environmental subject matter
    • Knowledge of national and local regulation / legislation regarding environmental management
    • Quality control procedures in place to ensure quality of all assessment and reporting work
    • Professional liability insurance coverage of at least US$1 million for companies and US$500,000 for freelance individuals
Higg FEM Chemical Specialist
    • A Higg FEM Verifier
    • Sufficient education (e.g. advance degree in chemistry) and experience with chemical assessments
    • Additional experience, skills and training in chemicals
    • Knowledge of national and local regulation / legislation regarding chemicals management
Higg FEM Training Provider
    • Sufficient experience with providing training in environmental management (at least 72 hours of course delivery time)
    • Recent experience in providing environmental management training (at least 6 trainings / 24 hours of course delivery time that includes a broad set of subject matter including Wastewater, Water use, Chemicals Management, Energy, Air Emissions, Waste, and Environmental Management Systems)
    • A minimum of 4 years experience in Environmental Management
    • Additional experience, skills and training, or certification in environmental subject matter
Application Pricing:
Non-Member Price SAC Member Price
Application – Higg FEM Verifier $165 $148.50
Application – Higg FEM Chemical Specialist Verifier $60 $54
Application – Higg FEM Training Provider $110 $99

 

Training Requirements:

Please note the following regarding training and exams:

    • Verifier trainees may not conduct verifications until after they have completed the training and passed their final exam
    • Training Provider trainees may not deliver SAC Higg Training until after they have completed the training
    • Approval is valid from one year of passing the final exam
    • Training fees on non-refundable
Training Pricing:
Non-Member Price SAC Member Price
Training – Higg FEM Verifier $1,110 $999
Training – Higg FEM Chemical Specialist Verifier*

*This is in addition to Verifier training fees.

$400 $360
Training – Higg FEM Training Provider $275 $247.50
Training – Higg FEM Training Provider with Verification Specialty $975 $877.50

 

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If you have questions about the application process please use the contact block below to submit your questions.