Training | Good management practices, Monitor and report compliance

Higg FEM


This training provides information about the Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM), a tool used to assess the environmental footprint of textile manufacturing facilities. It helps facilities identify areas for improvement by measuring sustainability impacts and offers guidance on conforming to FEM requirements. This material is aligned with the GIZ's project Promoting Sustainability in the Textile and Garment Industry in Asia (FABRIC).

Main features and components


  • The document aims to assist users in effectively conducting self-assessments using Higg FEM.
  • It addresses common misconceptions and requirements for facilities to conform to FEM standards.
  • The guideline provides sustainable fulfillment of FEM requirements and can be used for training.

Levels: FEM modules have three levels: Level 01 assesses basic understanding and data tracking, Level 02 evaluates goal-setting and achievement (most important for scoring), and Level 03 encourages sharing innovative practices.

Time Frame: Reporting occurs annually, following the calendar year. Higg sets deadlines for self-assessment and verification.

Implementation and work steps

Guidelines Structure:

  • Organized into sections covering site information, environmental management, energy, water, wastewater, air emissions, waste, and chemicals management.
  • Each section includes details on applicability, scoring, questions, evidence, and keywords.
  • Provides guidance on fulfilling FEM requirements systematically.
  • Lists required evidence and interview questions for verification.
  • Offers additional notes to clarify misconceptions and suggest improvement opportunities.
  • Encourages referring to the How to Higg Guide for detailed technical guidance in some areas.



Phase of intervention

Operating SIA, Management

Level of intervention

Park management





Target groups

Company, SME, Industrial area management and operator