The WRAP Certification Program allows, through certification of individual plants, to ensure that the supply chain meets the sustainability requirements of major international brands.
WRAP is one of the international reference points and is recognised by major buyers, especially in the North America region. The standard focuses on verifying the production chains in the textile and clothing sector, but applies to all manufacturing sectors in intensive production.
WRAP is an independent, non-profit association of compliance experts that promote secure, legal, human and ethical production worldwide through certification and education.
WRAP has identified 12 Principles that are based on international standards on generally accepted workplaces, local laws and workplace regulations, and include the customs or the language of the relevant ILO conventions. The Principles include human resources management, health and safety, environmental practices and legal compliance, including import/export, customs compliance and security standards.
- The request can be sent by filling out the form available at http://www.wrapcompliance.org/certification and payment of the registration fee (US$1195)
- performing a self-assessment by the company to demonstrate that the principles of the scheme (corporate social responsibility practices) are implemented and adopted for at least 3 months
- submit the self-evaluation and select the accredited certification body that will perform the audit. The audit must be conducted and passed positively within 6 months of the payment of the registration fee in order to avoid having to register again.
- evaluation of the Verification Report by WRAP and decision about whether or not the certification is awarded. If the outcome is negative, WRAP notifies the company of the corrective actions to be taken and an additional audit is performed. If the company does not implement the actions within 6 months, it must pay a new registration fee.
During the validity period of the certificate, all certified companies are subject to a random and unannounced audit.
How many certification levels are there?
- Silver (valid for 6 months): this is issued when substantial compliance with the 12 Principles of the WRAP Protocol is found, but there are minor non-conformities in policies, procedures and training that need to be corrected. A company cannot be issued more than 3 Silver Certificates
- Gold (valid for 1 year): this is the standard certificate that is issued to companies that demonstrate full compliance with the 12 Principles of the WRAP Protocol
- Platinum (valid for 2 years): this is issued to companies that have been found to conform to the 12 WRAP Principles for 3 consecutive certification audits.
Are there tools for self-evaluation?
Self-evaluation tools are available on the WRAP site.