Higg FEM Verification Document Checklist

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Site Information:

  1. WTP and ETP- hydraulic diagram & Process Flow diagram
  2. Trade License
  3. Factory License
  4. Fire License
  5. Environmental Clearance Certificate
  6. Water Extraction Permit from local authority
  7. Acid License, permission document for explosive chemical storage & usage (if applicable)
  8. License of Boiler
  9. Permission document of Generator (BERC & ECC for Captive power Plant- if applicable)
  10. Total Manpower record
  11. Total Product Shipment Record
  12. If your facility participated in industry programs related to sustainability or have sustainability related certificates valid during the reporting year, then provide the program details and certificates.


  1. EMS Strategy (accumulating target % at different environmental area, mention base year & target year with annual reviewing commitment & sign and seal of top management)
  2. Significant Environmental Aspect Impact Evaluation
  3. License/ permit documents need to update with monitoring frequency & adding a comment that the responsible person will monitor & review the permit with sign & seal.
  4. List of Laws & regulations covering 7areas of Higg
  5. Annual Management Review Meeting Minute  for reviewing EMS strategy with notice of MRM, strategy review agenda with brief discussion, picture of attendances.
  6. Documented procedures that enable workers to report environmental emergencies/violations.
  7. Annual Machine maintenance schedule  including all production machine, utility device like boiler, generator, compressor, exhaust fan etc.
  8. EMS Strategy communicating plan.
  9. Picture of EMS strategy posted in the notice board in bangla.
  10. Training to employee to communicate EMS strategy, with training attendance & pictorial evidence
  11. List of individuals that are responsible for environmental related issues with their roles & responsibilities
  12. Organogram of EMS team
  13. Procedure to cross reference the individuals listed have the technical competence required to do their job (Annual performance review record)
  14. List of Upstream Supplier (Raw Material Suppliers)
  15. List of Subcontractor (If applicable)
  16. Evidence & plan of involving with supplier regarding Higg Index
  17. Evidence & Plan of involving with subcontractor regarding Higg Index
  18. Documents & pictorial evidence for Environmental local context improvement
  19. Local community’s engagement documents mentioning type and detail of engagement with pictorial evidence.
  20. List of stakeholders with which you have engaged for local environmental context improvement
  21. Evidence of engaging with stakeholders for local environmental context improvement


  1. Bill &/or Record of Monthly consumption of All energy sources like Natural Gas, Diesel, Purchased Electricity, vehicle Fuel, CNG or LPG for cooking, solar power generation etc. for the period of 01 Year.
  2. Bill &/or Record of Monthly consumption of All energy sources mentioned above for the baseline year
  3. Energy Audit Report (Internal/External)
  4. Energy Reduction implementation plan need to specify all measures & saving amount in KWH electricity, m3 gas, liter diesel with saving percentage. The saving percentage should be the ratio of saving amount & total energy consumption at this area.
  5. Background calculation of energy saving against each implementation measure.
  6. Highest energy ranking documents with specifying the individual machine/section /process energy consumption amount in KWH and provide rank i.e. 1, 2, 3 based on consumption amount


  1. Monthly Water Consumption for the period of 01 year for all water source i.e. Groundwater/Municipal Water, Rain Water, Reused/Recycled Water in process
  2. Monthly Water Consumption for the baseline year
  3. Water Saving implementation plan need to specify all measures & saving amount in m3 water with saving percentage. The saving percentage should be the ratio of saving amount & total water consumption at this area.
  4. Background calculation of water saving against each implementation measure.
  5. Highest Water ranking documents with specifying the individual wet process water consumption amount in m3 i.e. (water consumption in washing, printing, R & D, PP spray). Please mention also which consumption are measured by meter & which are estimated and provide rank i.e. 1, 2, 3 based on consumption amount
  6. Water balance diagram indicating all water flowmeter position

Waste Water:

  1. Monthly Record & Register of ETP Inlet Water, ETP Outlet Water, Domestic In water & Domestic Out water (estimated/metered value) for the period of 01 year.
  2. ETP layout and manual.
  3. ZDHC wastewater test report soft copy
  4. ETP Emergency Backup Procedure
  5. Septic Wastewater Discharge Procedure with schematic Diagram (If Applicable)

Air Emission:

  1. Air Inventory i.e. Annual air emission amount in kg/year for stationary combustion unit like boiler, generator, production process like spot removing, dyeing, pp spray, finishes, tender frame etc.
  2. Exhaust fan monitoring/maintenance schedule & record.
  3. Refrigerant tracking and refilling documents for individual type of refrigerant, date of refilling & amount refilled in kg for the year
  4. Air Conditioner (AC) leak repairing procedure & schedule
  5. AC maintenance schedule for the year
  6. Stack Air Emission Test Report
  7. Documentation of plans/process for equipment upgrades or documentation of recent upgrades


  1. Waste Inventory  including all type of hazardous & nonhazardous waste for the period                        01 year
  2. Wastage Challan &/or Gate pass for both the baseline year & reporting year i.e.
  3. Waste Inventory for baseline year
  4. Agreement with all hazardous & Nonhazardous waste tracker
  5. Trade License & ECC of all Hazardous Waste Buyer
  6. Waste Reduction Implementation Plan mentioning reduction target amount for individual type of waste, target %, budget, responsible person & deadline
  7. Waste Disposal Method Improvement Baseline record
  8. Implementation plan for improving the waste disposal method
  9. Validation documents for monitoring the final disposal of waste
  10. Quarterly Wastage management training record with attendance list &attendee’s picture.
  11. Training schedule/plan for wastage management training
  12. Waste manifests showing >90% diversion from landfills/incinerators
  13. Pictures or process flows, showing type and amounts of waste that are recycled into products of the same or higher value.


  1. Chemical inventory including all production process chemicals, tooling chemicals i.e. machine oil, diesel, lubricant, ETP chemicals, cleaning/sanitizing agent like toilet cleaner & need to be filled with all information.
  2. Chemical purchase policy
  3. MRSL & RSL compliance monitoring, reviewing program & procedure
  4. Chemical related missing information obtaining plan.
  5. Chemical risk assessment internal audit.
  6. Positive List of suppliers
  7. Brand MRSL/RSL document
  8. List of chemicals which do not purchased from positive list & do not have any evidence of MRSL/ RSL compliance
  9. Internal checking of chemical management including the chemical container tag, availability of secondary containment, PPE, spill kit, Eye wash station, MSDS, Chemical store entry restriction follow up, and other relevant points of chemical management
  10. MRSL compliance certificate for all chemicals
  11. RSL conformance letter for chemicals
  12. GOTS/ Oekotex certificate of chemicals with marking the specific chemicals used in the facilities.
  13. Chemicals TDS
  14. Chemicals MSDS original
  15. Quarterly Chemical Management training record
  16. All Chemical Spill Drill record .
  17. Chemical spill drill schedule & Chemical Training Schedule
  18. Environmental Health and safety procedure related to chemical handling, storage use and disposal
  19. Organization chart for environmental Health & Safety Team
  20. Letter of appointment/office order, CV & Job responsibility of chemical related health & safety responsible person
  21. Chemical related health & safety committee meeting minute
  22. Health and safety training log & First Aid log
  23. PPE Inventory
  24. Chemical incident/accident and chemical spillage record.
  25. Record of RSL/MRSL Training conducted & MRSL/RSL Training Schedule
  26. Competency of chemical related training provider
  27. Facility Emergency Evacuation plan
  28. Floor plan of chemical storage areas
  29. Chemical Traceability document such as recipe card, Chemical store deliver/ material issue register, store chemical in register, Chemical purchase challan for the chemicals used in the recipe card & chemical inventory of relevant month/s when the chemicals used in relevant recipe mentioned in the recipe card has been purchased. Product batch card including batch number, dates and production quantity
  30. Implementation plan for improving chemical management program need to include to identify which questions in chemical level 1 has not fully achieved (i.e. No/Partial yes) in last year, why those were no/partial yes, action taken to improve those area, responsible person and timeline.
  31. Email communication or communication trail between facility and its chemical suppliers and subcontractors (if any) regarding MRSL compliance;
  32. A hazardous chemical(s) list with an action plan to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals with assigned responsibilities and a timeframe for action.
  33. Alternative chemical trials record in laboratory or pilot facility documents with conclusions to proceed or decline.
  34. Identification of chemicals in the chemical inventory which are in positive list and also mention the name of positive list in which the specific chemicals are present.
  35. Minutes from collaborative meeting between facility, customers, and chemical suppliers regarding alternatives
  36. Document for evaluating chemical suppliers for MRSL compliance
  37. Hazardous Chemicals assessment report with prioritizing chemicals for alternative analysis.
  38. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)/PLCA studies/ Bluesign Blue Xpert assessment.
  39. An action plan to engage suppliers by requesting the selection of chemicals from a positive list. Or any evidence that the raw materials suppliers are using chemicals from positive list
  40. Documented business goal considering sustainable chemistry in business/Documental evidence to demonstrate that the facility takes responsible chemical management and innovation into consideration.
  41. Records for assuring quality such as customer test reports, analytical laboratory test reports of chemical by lot, Chemical supplier analytical test report.
  42. Communications with the suppliers and subcontractors showing confirming the practice of sourcing chemicals from positive lists.

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