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Facility Site Info & Permits

Facility Type

Please select all types that apply.

Example: If you are a Cut-Sow facility with laundry/wet processing you would select both Sewing and Final Product Assembly AND Printing or Dyeing.

What was your facility's annual production volume?

Report the total amount of product shipped in the last calendar year (excludes rejects)

IMPORTANT: Your annual production unit will be used for all normalized baselines, targets, and reductions in the Higg Energy, Water, and Waste sections. Please select the unit that you use most commonly use to track production for your facility. For example, if you report your annual production in kilograms, you will be asked to share baselines for energy used per kilogram in the Energy section and baselines for water used per kilogram in the Water section.

If you would like to request the addition of a missing unit, please go to HowtoHigg.org/request and select “Feedback” to submit feedback for consideration.

Does your facility site use pre-treatment for freshwater prior to entering the manufacturing process?

Suggested Upload: Schematics or permits

If yes, please select what type: (include option to upload pre-treatment flow chart, not required)

Reference: https://www.wateractionplan.com/en/web/gestion-del-agua/training#panel_2

Permits

The purpose of this section is to determine your compliance status with relevant environmental permits. Please include adherence to any rules or regulations your facility is required to follow such as permits, authorizations, licenses, registrations, certificates or other compliance documentation. Examples of non-permit requirements to include are annual required government reports and required registration of specific chemicals.

Please note that this section is NOT SCORED. This means that you do not get points for being in compliance. However, you must be in compliance to earn any points in the Facility Environmental Module. If you answer "No" to “Does your factory site have a valid operating license?”, you will score ZERO for the entire module. This is because a valid operating license is required to score points in the Facility Environmental Module. 

1. Does your factory site have a valid operating license, if required by law?

Please upload a copy of the operating license, if applicable.

A valid operating license is required to use the Facilities Environmental Module - you will be able to complete the rest of the module but will score ZERO points for this assessment.

What is the intent of the question?

Your factory must meet basic local regulations before proceeding to beyond-compliance sustainability behavior. This question is intended to confirm that you have a valid operating license before proceeding on to complete the Higg Index.

Technical Guidance:

If you answer "No" or “Unknown” to “Does your factory site have a valid operating license?”, you will score ZERO points for the entire Facility Environmental Module. This is because a valid operating license is required to score points in the Facility Environmental Module. 

How this will be verified:

  • Yes
    • Documentation required
      • Copy of update-to-date business license.
    • Interview questions to ask
      • Who in the facility is responsible for ensuring the business license is kept up to date?
      • What is the procedure for updating the business license?
      • Should the person responsible for updating the business license be out of the office, what is the back up plan to ensure the business license is up to date?
    • Inspection - things to physically look for
      • Name on Business License matches the business name found on the facility premises.
      • Name on Business License matches stationary or other company related promotional items found in the facility. 
  • Not Applicable
    • Documentation required: Proof that an operating license is not required by law.

2. Did your facility receive any government-issued environmental violation records in 2017?

If yes, please describe the violation and your site's action plan to improve

Suggested Upload: Copies of violation notices 

Does your facility currently have any records in the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) database? 

Suggested Upload: IPE database records

If yes, has your facility supplied enterprise feedback to the database and/or taken steps to remove the record(s) from the database?

What is the intent of the question?

Your factory must meet basic local regulations before proceeding to beyond-compliance sustainability behavior. This question is intended to confirm that you have a process to manage local permits and compliance.

IPE Guidance (English Links)

If based in China, here is the link to the IPE Database references in this question: http://wwwen.ipe.org.cn/IndustryRecord/Regulatory.aspx.

Record removal:

  • Record removal guidance document (English) (click "Approaches to Record Removal"): http://wwwen.ipe.org.cn/GreenSupplyChain/SupplyGCA.aspx
  • If your site has a violation record and would like to supply enterprise feedback to IPE and/or take steps to remove the record from the database, please contact ipe@ipe.org.cn.

 New to IPE? To get started with IPE, please visit their informational pages here:

IPE Guidance (Chinese Links)

If based in China, here is the link to the IPE Database references in this question: http://www.ipe.org.cn/IndustryRecord/Regulatory.aspx

Record removal:

  • Record removal guidance document (Chinese) (click "监管记录处理方式“): http://www.ipe.org.cn/GreenSupplyChain/SupplyGCA.aspx
  • If your site has a violation record and would like to supply enterprise feedback to IPE and/or take steps to remove the record from the database, please contact ipe@ipe.org.cn.

 How this will be verified:

  • Yes
    • Documentation required
      • Copy of government-issued violation record
    • Interview questions to ask
      • Reason for the government-issued violation record?
      • Have the issues listed in the violation record been addressed? Please describe how and provide evidence (e.g new equipment installed and operating, test results showing compliance, etc.)
      • What steps have been taken to remove the facility from the IPE list? (if applicable)
    • Inspection - things to physically look for
      • Evidences of issues listed on the violation record in the facility
      • Action plans to address issues along with responsible staff and tracked progress
      • Communications with IPE showing how the issue is being addressed (if applicable)

3. Please complete the following questions to provide details on your facility’s environmental permits requirements and compliance status

Please note that licenses/permits for hazardous waste contractors will be requested in the Waste section.

Technical guidance:

Maintenance of environmental permit requirement and compliance status is recommended as part of your environmental management processes. Some examples of permits are:

Air permits

  • Include permits or requirements for air emissions from stacks of utilities (boilers, diesel generators, etc.)

Chemicals permit may include:                                                                       

  • Requirements for chemical management permit or agreement, such as an approved chemical list, chemical classification system, safe chemical handling procedures or chemical disposal (ZDHC Chemicals Management Manual)
  • Compliance with REACH (ZDHC Chemicals Management Manual)
  • Include compliance or all laws / regulations / permits needed for specific chemicals. For example: Potassium Permanganate is controlled for purchasing and registration with police office is required in some locations. This is not a permit but registration required by law - therefore it must be included here.  

How this will be verified:

  • Documentation required
    • Copies of ALL permits/registrations which are applicable to the facility
  • Interview questions to ask
    • Who in the facility is responsible for ensuring permits are kept up to date?
    • What is the procedure for updating the permits?
    • Should the person responsible for updating the permits be out of the office what is the back up plan to ensure permits are up to date? 
  • Inspection - things to physically look for
    • Business name on permits matches the name of the facility.
    • Address on permits matches the location of the facility. 
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