Sustainability & Environmental


The Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) is a sustainability assessment tool that standardizes how facilities measure and evaluate their environmental performance, year over year.

The Higg FEM is designed to:

Measure and quantify the sustainability impacts of a facility

Reduce redundancy in measuring and reporting sustainability performance

Drive business value through reducing risk and uncovering inefficiencies

Create a common means and language to communicate sustainability to stakeholders.

A facility should complete and post one Higg FEM per year. The reporting period for the Higg FEM 2019 cycle is from January 1 to June 30. All modules must be posted by the June 30 deadline.



BENEFITS OF HIGG Verification Program
Relieves audit-fatigue. The Higg FEM is only conducted once per calendar year.
Offers questions according to facility needs, leading to better, actionable data, and more insight into your supply chain.
Enables rapid learning through identification of sustainability hot spots, existing level of performance, and improvement opportunities.
Calculates scores and allows data verification with increased accuracy. Helps to easy share with your business partners.
Catalyzes sustainability education and provides a clear guidance.
Drives improvements over time through benchmarking of environmental sustainability  performance.

QIV Global, as an authorized partner of Leadership & Sustainability, is able to support you in Higg Verification Program.


Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is a globally recognized biomimetic approach to the design of products and systems that models human industry on nature’s processes viewing materials as nutrients circulating in healthy, safe metabolisms, measure of safer, more sustainable products made for the circular economy.

C2C product standard guides designers and manufacturers through a continual improvement process that looks at a product through five quality categories — material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness.

Product designers, manufacturers and brands around the world rely on the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard as a transformative pathway for designing and making products with a positive impact on people and planet. A growing number of brands, organizations and standards also recognize Cradle to Cradle Certified as a preferred product standard for responsible purchasing decisions.


To receive certification, products are assessed for environmental and social performance across five critical sustainability categories:

  • Material health
  • Material reuse
  • Renewable energy and carbon management,
  • Water stewardship, and
  • Social fairness.

A product is assigned an achievement level (Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum) for each category. A product’s lowest category achievement also represents its overall certification level. The standard encourages continuous improvement over time by awarding certification on the basis of ascending levels of achievement and requiring certification renewal every two years.

Benefits of Cradle to Cradle Certified
– A recognized mark of product quality process that leads companies to make better products, better companies and better communities.

– Joining a community of innovative companies that make certified quality products and that use the power of business to provide social and environmental benefits in the circular economy.

– Use of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ marks on product packaging and marketing materials to indicate commitment to continuous improvement and total quality.


QIV Environmental Audit includes assessment of factory compliance with local laws and regulations for environmental protection, industry best practices and alignment of other environmental related standards in addition to the following areas;

  • Legal requirements and risk assessment
  • Environmental management system
  • Solid and hazardous wastes
  • Carbon reduction initiative
  • Air emissions
  • Nuisance

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognized as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fiber. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.

The main functions of GOTS Monitor are Water and Energy.

On-site inspection and certification of processors, manufacturers and traders performed by independent specially accredited bodies is the basis of the GOTS monitoring system in order to provide a credible assurance for the integrity of GOTS certified textiles.

With completion of GOTS certification, the certified entity acquires a license which entitles it to participate in the GOTS program, including use of the standard and the GOTS logo on its respective GOTS Goods. This section informs about the corresponding licensing and labelling conditions.


The Organic Content Standard (OCS) applies to any non-food product containing 5-100% organic material. It verifies the presence and amount of organic material in a final product. It tracks the flow of a raw material from the source to the final product and this process is certified by an accredited third party. It allows for transparent, consistent and comprehensive independent evaluation and verification of organic material content claims on products. It can be used as a business-to-business tool to give companies the means to ensure that they are getting what they are paying for and selling.
OCS certification enables the company’s textile made with organic fiber to be commercialized worldwide.


The GRS is intended to meet the needs of companies looking to verify the recycled content of their products (both finished and intermediate) and to verify responsible social, environmental and chemical practices in their production. The objectives of the GRS are to define requirements to ensure accurate content claims and good working conditions, and that harmful environmental and chemical impacts are minimized.

GRS certification is administered by the Textile Exchange, a global non-profit dedicated to driving changes in sourcing and manufacturing and ultimately reducing the textile industry’s impact on the world’s water, soil, air, and people.

GRS certification ensures that when companies like us say we are sustainable, the word actually means uses tracking and tracing to monitor integrity throughout the entire supply chain and production process. It verifies safe and equitable working conditions, along with environmental and chemical practices used in production.


The Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) is an international, voluntary standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of Recycled input and chain of custody. The goal of the RCS is to increase the use of Recycled materials and uses the chain of custody requirements of the Content Claim Standard (CCS).

  • Alignment of Recycled definitions across multiple applications
  • Track and trace Recycled input materials
  • Provide consumers (both brands and end consumers) with a tool to make informed decisions
  • Provide assurance that materials are actually Recycled and in a final product
  • A way to ensure accurate and honest communication with consumers.
  • Business-to-business tool to give companies the means to ensure that they are selling quality products and getting what they pay for.
  • Used as a way to ensure accurate and honest communication with consumers.
  • Verifies the presence and amount of recycled material in a final product.
  • Allows for the transparent, consistent and comprehensive independent evaluation and verification of recycled material content claims on products.


QIV offers Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) with the scope of primary sheep production and custody of the supply chain. RWS gives the industry a tool to recognize farmers’ best practices; ensure that wool comes from farms with a progressive approach to manage their land, and from sheep that have been treated responsibly.



  • FSC certification allows access to more environmentally sensitive markets, and governments and businesses are increasingly specifying FSC certified products in their procurement programs.
  • FSC certification is an effective way to gain public and consumer recognition of your responsible practices and help to make and meet Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) targets. It can also improve credibility with customers and business partners, and with financial and watchdog organizations, thus helping to protect your brand and reputation.