Zalando is implementing standards for the measurement the social and environmental sustainability of its operations and, in time, those of its business partners. Specifically, the German e-tailer is adopting the Higg Brand & Retail Module (BRM), developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and its subsidiary, Higg Co. The BRM scores a company’s management system, products, supply chain, packaging, “use & end of use,” retail stores, offices, transport and distribution centers with respect to human rights, fair wages, CO² emissions and other such concerns. It also encourages companies to “share their sustainability progress with value chain partners, consumers, investors, and other key stakeholders.” Zalando’s director of sustainability, Kate Heiny, says that the company intends to work only with business partners that meet the BRM’s standards by 2023. The SAC has 250 members – brands, retailers, academic institutions, governments, NGOs, etc. – and focuses on apparel, footwear and textiles.