What is WRAP certification? And how can it ensure that production processes within your garment factories are fair and safe for your workers? We explored SA8000 certification in a previous post, today let's take a look at WRAP...
What is WRAP
WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Program) is an independent, objective non-profit organization. It was established in 2000 in response to concern within the industry of the ‘sweatshop-like’ conditions uncovered in many garment factories at the time. It is headquartered in the USA with offices across the globe. There are currently 2700 WRAP certified factories employing over 2.5 million workers.
Factories must be in compliance with WRAP’s 12 Principles (which reflect labor provisions contained in the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO conventions) to receive certification.
How do factories get certified?
Consequences of non-compliance
WRAP has a zero tolerance policy for companies who are shown to violate human rights (including child labor, forced labor and inhumane treatment) or who compromise the integrity of the auditing process (through threats, false reporting or disguising processes). In addition factories who refuse follow-up audits or fail to make corrective action to meet WRAP standards will have their certification revoked.
How often is certification renewed?
Every 6 months (silver) to 2 years (platinum) depending on certification level.
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