Higg FEM is an environmental management standard that gives manufacturers, brands, and retailers and their operations insight into how they are performing as it relates to their environmental impact. The aim of the Higg FEM is to allow the company facilities to assess strengths and weaknesses in environmental performance, implement improvement strategies, and scale sustainability improvements.


The Higg FEM is not a pass-or-fail assessment/audit, but rather serves to verify the self-assessment submitted by the facility. The scope of the Higg FEM includes all onsite facilities, processes, equipment, and related areas.


The self-assessment covers the following factors for environmental impact:

  • Environmental Management System (EMS)

  • Energy

  • Water

  • Wastewater

  • Air Emissions

  • Waste

  • Chemical Management

For details on each of these sections of the Higg FEM, see the “How to Higg Guide” here.

Once the verification is complete, the facility can, if they so choose, post their verification results on Higg.org for benchmarking or sharing.

The selected materials and products will be evaluated based upon requirements in the following areas:

  • Recycling

  • Supply Chain

  • Social

  • Environmental

  • Chemical

Audit & Certification Process

Additional Resources

  • The Higg FEM application form is available here.
  • For questions about the application process, contact audits@idfl.com.