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The Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) Certification focuses on social compliance in the production facilities of clothing, shoes, and stitched products. Unlike other certifications, WRAP is not consumer-oriented but aims to ensure ethical and responsible practices within production facilities. Keep in mind that although a product may be assembled in a WRAP-certified facility, the materials could come from a non-certified location.
Facilities are evaluated on various social compliance metrics such as forced labor and employee benefits.
The certification offers three levels, each with a different validity period ranging from six months to two years.
The certification is limited to individual production units and does not extend to the broader supply chain.
Acquiring the certification involves a five-step procedure that starts with an initial application and registration fee. Facilities then undertake a self-assessment to gauge their adherence to WRAP's 12 Principles. An audit by an approved monitoring firm follows, and the findings are evaluated by a compliance team and an independent review board. Only after all corrective actions have been implemented and verified is the certification granted.
The certification is valid for a period between six months and two years, depending on the facility's adherence to WRAP's principles. The program undergoes reviews every two years, and WRAP provides global training programs to ensure facilities are up-to-date with the latest in social compliance.
Obtaining the WRAP Certification offers validation of a facility's commitment to ethical and responsible practices. While not aimed at consumers, many brands and retailers mention sourcing from WRAP-certified facilities as a selling point. However, the certification's focus is narrow, applying only to individual production units and not evaluating the broader supply chain.