The OEKO-TEX® STeP certification is aimed at production facilities in the textile and leather industry, focusing on sustainable and socially responsible practices. The certification covers a wide range of criteria, from chemical safety and labor standards to environmental management. The target audience includes textile and leather manufacturers, as well as brands and retailers. The certification evaluates the entire production chain, ensuring comprehensive sustainability and social responsibility.
To acquire the STeP certification, companies must implement a suitable chemical management system, adhere to recognized safety standards, and ensure the safety of buildings and production plants. An on-site verification by OEKO-TEX auditors is part of the certification process. Companies are also required to have a quality management system in line with ISO 9001 or other operational methods.
The certification is valid for three years. During this period, OEKO-TEX institutes routinely check for compliance and progress, including unannounced audits. Certifications from other entities like SA8000, ISO 14001, and ISO 9001 are acknowledged by OEKO-TEX.
The STeP certification aims to implement long-term environmentally friendly production processes and improve health, safety, and socially responsible working conditions. It covers various aspects such as waste management, energy consumption, and water usage, providing a holistic approach to sustainable manufacturing. The certification contributes to the continuous improvement of production processes and efficient use of resources, enhancing the competitive position of certified companies.