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The WRAP Certification Program’s objective is to independently monitor and certify compliance with these standards, to ensure that sewn products are being produced under lawful, humane and ethical conditions.

SAFEGUARDS | Labor Standards NO. 120/19

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The WRAP Principles are based on generally accepted international workplace standards, local laws and workplace regulations, and include the spirit or language of relevant conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO). The Principles encompass human resources management, health and safety, environmental practices, and legal compliance including import/export and customs compliance and security standards.

The WRAP Certification Program’s objective is to independently monitor and certify compliance with these standards, to ensure that sewn products are being produced under lawful, humane and ethical conditions. Participating facilities voluntarily commit to ensuring that their manufacturing practices will meet these standards, and further commit to passing along, on their part, the expectation that their contractors and suppliers likewise comply with these standards.

Certification Levels

1. Platinum (Valid for 2 years)

Platinum certifications are awarded to facilities that have demonstrated full compliance with WRAP's 12 Principles for three consecutive certification audits. Platinum facilities must successfully pass every audit with no corrective actions or observations and maintain continuous certification with no gaps between certification periods.

2. Gold (Valid for 1 year)

Gold certification is the standard WRAP certification level, awarded to facilities that demonstrate full compliance with WRAP's 12 Principles.

3. Silver (Valid for 6 months)

A facility may request a Silver certificate if an audit finds it to be in substantial compliance with WRAP's 12 Principles, but identifies minor non-compliances in policies, procedures, or training that must be addressed. Facilities may not have any "red flag" non-compliances (including child labor; serious health, safety, or environmental issues; prison, forced, or involuntary labor; or harassment or abuse of employees) and must demonstrate that employees are paid at least the legal minimum wage and any required overtime compensation. Facilities seeking Silver certificates must request them in writing from WRAP's headquarters, submitting a corrective action plan that includes any evidence of remediation along with the request. The WRAP Review Board may also recommend a Silver certificate if a facility has demonstrated difficulty in achieving full compliance or has other risk factors that may prevent it from sustaining compliance for the full duration of a Gold certificate. All Silver-certified facilities are eligible to renew their WRAP registration at a reduced fee of USD 895, provided they reapply prior to the expiration of their certificate. A facility may be awarded no more than 3 consecutive Silver certificates.

Audit Scope

1. First-Time Certification Audit:

    • Are brand new to the WRAP program
    • Have been a part of the WRAP program at some point but have since moved to a new address/location (these factories must register as a New Facility on the WRAP website)
    • Have been certified in the past, but the most recent certification has been expired for 12 months or more from the date they pay the WRAP registration fee
    • The facility must be in operation for at least 90 days and have 90 days of records before the audit is conducted

    2. Re-certification Audits:

    • Recent 12 months wage and corresponding working hour records till audit date should be provided

    3. Follow UP Audits:

    • From the date all corrections have been made by the facility and approved by the monitoring firm, 45 days must pass before the follow up can take place
    • 45 days fresh compliance records is a must

    4. Desktop Review Audit:

    • The desktop review must be conducted within 30 days of the date of the last onsite audit

    CCTV

    1. CCTV records must be collected for 30 consecutive days, and contain the following situations:
      • 24 hours per day and 7 days per week
      • All production and non-production hours
      • Nights, weekends and holidays
      • Location of CCTV at the entry, packing, storage, loading and unloading
    2. When there is only one major NC related to CCTV and other NCs are minor, then the factory could apply to WRAP to close the NC by desktop review

    Rolling/Sliding/Inward Opening Emergency Doors

    • If inward opening emergency doors are found to be secured open during the audit, but cannot be corrected to outward opening doors, raise it as an observation in the audit report; Alert notification is not needed
    • If inward opening doors are found and they are not secured it is a NC and 24hours notification to WRAP is needed
    • If inward opening emergency exits are corrected to open outwards during the audit, the monitor must raise it as a NC but mark it as closed onsite
    • If rolling/sliding emergency doors are found with a mechanism to keep these doors secured open during working hours, it should be raised as an observation in the audit report

    Fire drill

    • Fire drill must be conducted at least every 6 months (with 1 month grace period)
    • Three fire drill dates must be provided: 2 in the past and 1 planned date for the future. Fire drill photo with date and time and factory’s stamp must be provided
    • The standard time for fire evacuation drill is under 4 minutes

    1 Day Rest in 7 Days

    1. Factories must have a rest day on the 7th day
    2. A facility can ask their workers to work up to 13 consecutive working days but only under urgent business needs
    3. Under Urgent Business Needs:
    • Facility cannot have 2 back to back 13 consecutive working days
    • The number of instances of 13 consecutive working days cannot exceed 12 times within a 12-month period

    PCA

    1. PCA=Post Certification Assessment
      • All factories with certificate might be sampled to do PCA
      • PCA focus on P3, P5, P6, P8, P12
      • PCA is sampled randomly
      • 15% free PCA conducted by audit firms
    2. After PCA:
      • Nothing – if there were no non-compliances raised, no action will be taken
      • Desktop review – if findings were minor
      • Decertification – depending on the type, severity, and depth of issues raised
      • Alternative-to-Decertification offer: If major non-compliances or access denied during PCA are noted, WRAP will issue an Alternative to Decertification letter to the facility for paid follow-up audit. If the facility does not agree to the conditions of the Alt-to-Decert offer, they will be decertified for a period of 12 months

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