PTC Pioneers Industry-First Integration Between FlexPLM and Higg

Written By: Blake Simms
  • 11/3/2021
  • Read Time : 4 min

Bringing together retail’s most widely used PLM solution and the powerful capabilities of the Higg technology platform, a new integration will transform the sustainability strategies of brands and retailers worldwide.

Over 500 brands and tens of thousands of manufacturers leverage the Higg insights platform to drive their sustainability initiatives -- and now PTC's industry-leading FlexPLM solution integrates with this increasingly important solution.

With this integration, PTC’s FlexPLM customers will be able to measure, manage, and track value chain sustainability in greater detail than ever before. The integration enables users to work collaboratively within the FlexPLM platform to:

•   Give sourcing managers the information they need to select the most environmentally friendly suppliers for manufacturing.

•   Enable product designers and developers to understand the environmental impact of the materials they choose to incorporate into their products.

Ultimately, companies can apply Higg insights to inform their digital product creation process and make better business decisions.

“Today’s brands and retailers are doubling down when it comes to understanding the impact of their products and supply chain on the environment, and they are committed to reducing that impact,” said Bill Brewster, SVP & General Manager of PTC’s Retail Business Unit. “Consumers now want greater transparency, which means brands and retailers need a credible and standardized way to measure social and environmental sustainability during product development, using trusted data. We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that we’re integrating with Higg and providing our world-class customer base with the information they need to measure and report on their sustainability practices.”

“We are delighted to work with PTC to facilitate the integration between FlexPLM and Higg,” says Josh Henretig, Higg Vice President of Global Partnerships. “Thanks to this integration, brands, retailers, and manufacturers can use Higg solutions and data to inform their individual sustainability strategies. Higg is committed to scaling tools and services that help companies address climate change globally. By working with PTC, we can make Higg tools available to more companies committed to improving social and environmental impacts.”

Higg is the exclusive licensee of the Higg Index, which was developed collaboratively over the last decade by a coalition of brands, retailers, manufacturers, and other footwear, apparel, and textile industry stakeholders through the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The Higg Index enables accurate scoring and comparing of a company or product’s overall sustainability impact, across metrics such as greenhouse gas emissions, waste, water usage, and working conditions.

"With many SAC members using the FlexPLM solution to manage their Product Lifecycle Management processes, this new collaboration between Higg and PTC enables FlexPLM users to access Higg’s rich environmental data across materials, products, and manufacturing facilities to help users make sustainability a core focus of their design and product development process," said SAC Vice President of Higg Index, Jeremy Lardeau.


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About the Author

Blake Simms

Blake has an extensive international career in marketing and business development within the technology, fashion, retail and consumer products industries.

With a Degree in International Marketing Management, Strategy & Communications, Blake has worked for a variety of leading global organizations and supported them in developing and delivering their strategic vision and corporate goals.

As a Marketing Director, Blake has designed, implemented and executed both international and regional go-to-market strategies, with a strong focus on increasing brand awareness and reputation, developing acquisition/lead generation initiatives and delivering powerful sales-enablement tools.