March 28th, 2013 - The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is a coalition of leading apparel and footwear companies who represent over 30% of the industry’s global market share.  SAC members promote a common approach to measuring and evaluating the social- and environmental impact of apparel- and footwear products.  To this effect the SAC developed The Higg Index which enables companies to identify opportunities to reduce impacts and improve long-term sustainability throughout their supply chain.

“We feel honored to have been invited to join the SAC as first Logistics company and look forward to partnering with industry members and associates on creating positive change. At Hellmann Worldwide Logistics we firmly believe that it takes an integrated supply chain approach, to truly make a difference. For example, it is important that Logistics companies reduce GHG emissions but relative to the whole fashion supply chain, the improvements are barely noticeable.  Therefore it is imperative that we collaborate up- and down the supply chain to jointly improve the industry’s footprint,” explains Torsten Katzor, Global Director Hellmann Fashion Logistics.  

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics will contribute to the SAC by collaborating on the Higg Index’s next version (due to be released later in 2013) and sharing experiences from implementing Green Services.  For example Hellmann Worldwide Logistics is planning programs to help apparel and footwear manufacturers manage waste, switch to alternative energy sources and choose more environmentally friendly packaging. 

“Transporting things from A to B is only part of what we do; our real passion lies in understanding our clients’ markets and helping them excel. We believe that the SAC will play a strategic role in all of our fashion clients’ future and we want to be there with them, pushing forward toward a more sustainable future,” states Mark Hellmann, President & CEO, Asia.  

About the SAC

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is an industry-wide group of more than 80 leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, suppliers, nonprofits, and NGOs working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world. The focus of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition is The Higg Index which measures the environmental performance of apparel products. Future versions will include footwear products and measure social performance. More information on SAC can be found at www.apparelcoalition.org.

About Hellmann Worldwide Logistics 

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics operates from 443 offices, in 157 countries, and has over 19,300 dedicated employees to serve our customers worldwide. As one of the world’s largest privately and family owned logistics providers, in operation since 1871, Hellmann provides a full array of services including Air, Sea, Domestic Transportation, Customs Brokerage, Contract Logistics, and many other Value Added Services. 

Following the principle of thinking Ahead ¨Moving Forward’ it is Hellmann's goal to provide tailored solutions to meet the ever-changing needs and expectations of the industry and our customers.  For more information about Hellmann, please visit our website at: (http://www.hellmann.net)


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