Thursday 12 May 2022

The Lycra Company facility achieves high Higg FSLM score

The Lycra Company’s manufacturing site in Maydown, Northern Ireland, has completed its third-party verified Higg Facility Social and Labour Module (Higg FSLM).

Higg FSLM is part of a suite of tools developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a global, nonprofit alliance of over 270 stakeholders in the fashion industry. Facilities use the scored assessment to characterise the social and labour conditions at their sites and identify areas for continuous improvement. Lycra’s Maydown site scored 83 on the assessment, placing it in the upper quartile.

There are more than 300 questions in the Higg FSLM self-assessment. The independent verifier reviewed original source material and interviewed 20 employees, individually, or part of a group, as part of the verification process.

 The Lycra Company will roll out the Higg FSLM to all its sites in the next three years as part of its efforts to track social progress at its facilities.

‘Our Planet Agenda sustainability platform is based on three key pillars – Product Sustainability, Manufacturing Excellence and Corporate Responsibility, which focuses on supporting our employees as well as the communities where we operate,’ said Seamus McIntyre, European regional operations manager at The LYCRA Company. ‘One of our goals within Planet Agenda is to be an employer of choice. Understanding where we have opportunities for improvement and how we can enhance our employees’ experiences are key to enacting policies that can help us achieve that goal.’ As part of its commitment to manufacturing excellence, all six global Lycra fibre manufacturing sites have also completed the Higg Facilities Environmental Module (FEM), an impact assessment that establishes an environmental baseline to pursue continuous improvement. 

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