SAC said Lardeau is to lead the integration and continued evolution of the Higg Index tools and act as the key liaison point with Higg Co, the technology company which spun out of the SAC in 2019 to accelerate tool digitalisation and develop new products and services to scale up industry adoption.

“As the SAC embarks upon our second decade driving innovative and measurable social and environmental progress for the apparel industry, we are excited to bring on an experienced leader like Jeremy to oversee the Higg Index”, said Sean Cady, VF Corporation Global Vice President for Sustainability, Responsibility and Trade, and the SAC Board Chair. “Jeremy has the technical experience and industry expertise needed to drive transformative change by enhancing and executing upon the Higg Index Roadmap.”

Lardeau has 17 years of corporate sustainability experience at companies like PwC and Nike. In his most recent role as senior director of sustainability analytics at Nike, he invested considerable time in SAC and Higg as a champion for the Higg Index, “believing that the suite of tools has the potential to change the industry more than any other initiative”, said SAC.