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Facility Site Info & Permits

 

Your responses to the site information questions will be used to categorize your factory for comparative analytics. Please complete this section first before moving on to other sections of the module.

You will also be asked for information on your site's permits on this page. 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 the Site Info and Permits section is NOT SCORED. This means that you do not get points for being in compliance. However, you must have a valid operating license to earn any points in the Facilities Environmental Module. If you answer "No" to "Does your factory site have a valid operating license?", you will score ZERO for the entire module.

 

Country

Select the country your facility is located in

Industry Sector

Select which sectors apply to your facility’s production (i.e. the types of products you are manufacturing or processing)

 

Facility Type

Please select all types that apply to your site

Example: If you are a Cut-Sow facility that also does screen printing or wet processing on site you would select both Sewing and Final Product Assembly AND Printing or Dyeing.

Sewing or Final Product Assembly - facilities involved in finished goods production/ final product assembly

Printing or Dyeing - facilities that are involved in the printing and dyeing of materials, including wet processing

Materials manufacturer (including wet process) - facilities that manufacture and assemble materials (e.g. textiles, leathers, plastics, insulation, foams, etc.)

Trim manufacturer - facilities that manufacture product trims (e.g. zippers, buttons, labels, etc.)

Chemical manufacturer - facilities that manufacture chemicals

Packaging manufacturer - facilities that manufacture packaging materials

Other

You will be asked to select which processes are conducted at your facility based on the facility type you select. (E.g. printing, gluing)

 

Material Types

Select material types that your facility either produces OR works with/processes. See definition of materials in the How to Higg guide glossary section.

 

Total Number of Employees: please enter a total number (not a range) of employees at the end of the reporting year. This can be your best estimate.

 

What was your facility's annual volume?

Report the total amount of product shipped/sold in the last calendar year.

Total amount of product shipped/sold should not include the total amount of rejects in the last calendar year.

 

Why we use shipped/ sold quantity instead of annual production output?

The main rational is to create a consistent production metric that all facilities are able to track and the data are more comparable for industry benchmarking at the end. Besides, using shipped/ sold amount as the metric is to discourage excessive or unnecessary production including leftover, semi-products, samples and rejects which are also an environmental concern.

We understand that some products may have to be shipped / sold after the calendar year that they are actually manufactured. The limitation of using shipped/ sold quantity is - the reported energy, water and waste amounts are not covering  the products being made in the same calendar year but shipped in the following year, instead they would cover some products which are shipped in the same year but actually being produced in the previous year. By considering this as a usual practice in the factory every year, the impact to the total shipped/ sold quantity should be relatively limited. However, if there is any exceptional case and cause a big impact on the environmental performance of the facility (e.g. demonstrate improved energy / water consumption), we encourage the factories to communicate to relative stakeholders to explain for their situation if needed.)

Select a unit:

  • Square yard
  • Meter
  • Kilogram
  • Unit (piece or pair)
  • Cubic meters (m3)

UNITS Your annual unit will be used to normalize baselines, targets, and reductions in the Higg Energy, Water, and Waste sections and may also be used for benchmarking purposes. Please select the unit that best represents how your factory tracks annual volume. This may mean that you need to do a unit conversion in order to select a unit from the provided list. For example, if you track annual volume in square feet you will need to convert to square yards.

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 a pre-treatment for freshwater prior to entering the manufacturing process?

Suggested Upload: Facility’s pre-treatment flow chart or schematics

Reference: https://www.wateractionplan.com/management-and-use-of-chemical-products

 

How this will be verified:

Yes

  • Documentation required
    • Facility’s pre-treatment flow chart and schematics
    • Permits, if required

 

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 all documents uploaded, including required upload and suggested upload, throughout the Higg FEM are visible to the stakeholder that your facility shared their module to.  

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 your factory site does not have a valid and current operating license you will score zero points for the entire module.

 

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

Please upload a copy of the operating license


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.

 

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 and current operating license is required to score points in the Facility Environmental Module.

If you have an expired operating license, you must answer “no” to this question, even if you are in the process of updating your operating license. A current and valid operating license is required to answer “yes” to this question.

If an operating license is not required by law, you should answer “Yes” to this question and upload proof that an operating license is not required by local law.

 

How this will be verified:

Yes

  • Documentation required
    • Copy of update-to-date business license, if applicable and any other relevant licenses
  • 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 backup 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.

2. Did your facility receive any government-issued environmental violation records in 2019?

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.

 

Technical Guidance:

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:

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:

 

How this will be verified:

Yes

  • Documentation required
    • Copy of government-issued violation record
    • IPE database records
  • 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 up-to-date environmental 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
    • Name on permits matches the business name found on the facility premises.
    • Address on permits matches the location of the facility.

 

 

 

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