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Facility Social Labor Module (FSLM)

What is the difference between Higg FSLM and Higg vFSLM?

Higg FSLM is the Facility Social Labor Module self-assessment version, and vFSLM is the verified version of FSLM. Only the vFSLM can be transferred between Higg.org and the SLCP Gateway.

What is the difference between this SLCP converged assessment framework and the Higg FSLM?

The SLCP Converged Assessment Framework is the backbone of the updated Higg FSLM. Just as it is the backbone for WRAP certification and other signatory brand compliance systems. The Social & Labour Convergence question sets are incorporated into the updated Higg FSLM and the verification methodology developed by the S&L Convergence Project is now valid for Higg FSLM. SAC will be adding scoring to the Higg FSLM in 2019. The scoring will be specific to the Higg Index and not available in SLCP gateway or other accredited hosts.

What languages are Higg FSLM available in?

Higg FSLM will be made available in English and Chinese for the 2018 module cycle. When SLCP adds other countries in 2019, additional translations will become available. However, please note that all responses within the tool must be completed in English.  

Is the SLCP tool the same as Higg FSLM? If it is the same, why do I need to purchase Higg FSLM?

The Converged Assessment Framework is the backbone of the updated Higg FSLM in 2018. Just as it is the backbone for WRAP certification and other signatory brand compliance systems. The Social & Labour Convergence question sets are incorporated into the updated Higg FSLM and the verification methodology developed by the S&L Convergence Project is now valid for Higg FSLM. SAC will be adding scoring to the Higg FSLM in 2019. The scoring will be specific to the Higg Index and not available in SLCP gateway or other accredited hosts.

SLCP data can only be completed as a self-assessment and verified on a accredited host platform (e.g. higg.org). Higg FSLM self-assessments are available for purchase on higg.org. Verified modules are available for purchase only for factories located in either China or Sri Lanka. As SLCP expands the coverage of their verification program throughout 2019 more countries.  

Why can’t I buy a vFSLM? When can I buy it?  

In 2018 SLCP is offering verification in China and Sri Lanka only. Therefor only factories located in China or Sri Lanka can access vFSLM. Verification will be expanding to ten countries in 2019, then all countries in 2020. As the SLCP expands their verification program into other countries, the SAC will continue to update our vFSLM purchasing availability in the added locations.

What is the deadline for completing Higg FSLM? Is it the same deadline for Higg FEM?

Higg FSLM should be completed once every 12 months. This module is on a “rolling cyle” meaning there is no deadline and the assessment can be completed at any time throughout the year. The SAC encourages its members and users to follow the same timeline as Higg FEM, to post their modules by June 30. The consistent timeline encourages streamlined planning and reporting.

Why do I have to pay for a verification fee if I purchase a vFSLM?

SAC charges a fee for Higg.org platform access and support when you purchase a vFSLM.  SLCP charges a verification fee to cover verification program management. This fee is captured by verifiers as a part of their verification fee.

Will the 10 additional countries that the SLCP plans to launch in, in 2019, be allowed to to purchase vFSLM during the 2018 module cycle? Do you have any information on which these 10 countries will be?

No. The 10 additional countries will not be available for the 2018 module cycle. SLCP is targeting a light operation launch in China and Sri Lanka for the remainder of 2018. Currently, SLCP has not confirmed the details of the 10 additional countries that will be added in 2019. We will keep our users updating once the countries are confirmed.  

How will SLCP feed into the FSLM. Since SAC is one of the accredited hosts, will there be a direct link?

Users on Higg.org will be able to import data from the SLCP gateway if they completed their assessment on a different accredited host platform. They will also be able to push their Higg FSLM data to the SLCP Gateway and share with other accredited host platforms. All facilities that plan to complete Higg FSLM will need to create an account on the SLCP gateway: gateway.slconvergence.org

By Nov 8, 2018, what functions will be available for FSLM on higg.org?

On November 8, 2018 you will be able to link your SLCP gateway facility ID to start your Higg FSLM module. Once started you will be able to complete, post, share, and request to share your Higg FSLM module. You will also be able to track any shared Higg FSLM modules and import/export the module.

Facilities in China and Sri Lanka can start and post a vFSLM in December 2018.

Will the Higg FSLM be completely aligned with the latest version of the SLCP tool?

Yes. SLCP is working closely with the accredited hosts to make sure that the latest version of the tool is integrated with their systems.

Can Higg FSLM be verified on SLCP gateway?

No. Higg FSLM can only be verified on an approved accredited host platform. (e.g. Higg.org). To verify a Higg FSLM, a vFSLM must be purchased before the verification starts. Please note that verification (vFSLM) is only available in China and Sri Lanka for the 2018 module cycle.

Where can I find Higg FSLM training guidance?

All training materials have been posted here. All these materials are also posted in the resource section of https://gateway.slconvergence.org/home.

If my FSLM is completed and verified on another accredited host platform, like FFC, can I share my FSLM data on higg.org?

Yes. If your SLCP assessment is completed and verified on another accredited host platform, you can transfer it to Higg.org via the SLCP Gateway. You will need to purchase a vFSLM on higg.org in order to import and share your assessment with your business partners. To purchase a vFSLM go to the FSLM tab in higg.org. Please note that verification (vFSLM) is only available in China and Sri Lanka for the 2018 module cycle.

How do I start my Higg FSLM on higg.org?

To start a Higg FSLM on higg.org, you must first register an account on the SLCP gateway. Visit https://gateway.slconvergence.org/home and click “Register” to register your account. The SLCP team will approve your account within 2 business days (you will receive an email notification). Once you can log into your SLCP account you will need to find your facility ID on the account profile page on the SLCP gateway. Once this is complete, you can login to your Higg.org account and go to the FSLM tab. Click “purchase Higg FSLM” and enter the facility ID from your SLCP gateway account to connect your Higg FSLM with the SLCP Gateway. Once the connection is made, you can start to work on your Higg FSLM.

All facility users will need to register an account on the SLCP Gateway if they plan to complete a Higg FSLM.

For step by step guidance please click here.

Do I need to pay to register on the SLCP gateway?

No. Registration on the SLCP Gateway is free.

Is Anthesis providing adoption services for Higg FSLM in 2018 (SLCP Light Operations) or 2019?

Adoption services are available for both 2018 and 2019 Higg FSLM.

When will dashboards be available for Higg FSLM?

Advanced Analytics for FSLM will be offered in 2019. We are still confirming exact timing but will share an update on this will members in December. 

Is Higg FSLM scored?

The first Higg FSLM assessment is unscored. We will test scoring in 2019.

In order to verify Higg FSLM in China, do Higg FSLM verifiers have to be approved or qualified? Can Higg FEM verifiers also verify Higg FSLM?

We will be reviewing verification during the upcoming Higg FSLM updates. The verifiers will be approved under the SLCP program.  

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