Certification Process

WRAP is the world's largest independent certification program focused on the apparel, footwear, and sewn products sectors.

Becoming a WRAP certified facility involves much more than simply passing an audit. We take a collaborative approach to social compliance certification where we work with our facilities to ensure that they remain in compliance with our 12 Principles. This does require, however, that all facilities actively engage in the process themselves and see to it that effective management systems are maintained to ensure compliance requirements are met.

The Certification Process

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Application

A production facility submits basic information to WRAP and pays a registration fee of U.S. $1195.

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Pre-Audit Self-Assessment

Facilities complete a pre-audit self-assessment of their facility to show that they have been utilizing socially compliant practices for a minimum of 90 days (for new facilities; facilities seeking recertification are expected to have been compliant throughout their preceding certification period).

Pre-Audit Self-Assessment

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Handbook (Revised version due in November 2020)

Risk Assessment (Revised version due in November 2020)

Working Hours Action Plan (WHAP)

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Guidelines for Submitting WHAPs

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Monitoring

After submitting their pre-audit self-assessment, the facility selects a WRAP-accredited monitoring firm to audit the facility against WRAP's 12 Principles. The audit must be successfully passed within 6 months of paying the registration fee to avoid having to re-register.

See WRAP's list of accredited monitors
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Evaluation

WRAP will review the recommendation report and see if it has all necessary information.  If not, WRAP will request a revision from the monitoring firm or the facility.  After the report is reviewed and approved, WRAP will certify the facility. In rare occasions, WRAP may decide not to grant the facility certification. If so, the facility will be notified of the corrections that need to be made and the monitoring firm will conduct an additional inspection.

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Certification

There are three levels of WRAP certification – Platinum, Gold, and Silver. The certificate issued to a facility is determined by WRAP and depends on the extent to which the audit indicates full compliance and management commitment to the WRAP Principles.

*All certified facilities are subject to random, unannounced Post-Certification Audits during their certification period.

Certification Levels

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Platinum

(valid for 2 years)

Platinum certifications are awarded to facilities that have demonstrated full compliance with WRAP's 12 Principles for 3 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.

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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.

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Silver

(valid for 6 months)

WRAP may issue or 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 must not have any 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 US$895, provided they reapply prior to the expiration of their certificate. A facility may be awarded no more than 3 consecutive Silver certificates.

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WRAP certified facilities must fully comply with WRAP’s 12 Principles during their certification period or they may be subject to decertification. A facility may be decertified under the following circumstances:

  • Violations involving Zero Tolerance issues
  • Failure to allow auditors to conduct a Post-Certification Audit (PCA)
  • Refusal to go through a remediation process to correct non-compliances found during a PCA
  • Failure to correct non-compliances found during a PCA in a timely manner

There are three levels of WRAP certification – Platinum, Gold, and Silver. The certificate issued to a facility is determined by WRAP and depends on the extent to which the audit indicates full compliance and management commitment to the WRAP Principles

If at any time WRAP learns that any factory in the WRAP program is actively participating in or associated with any of the below Zero Tolerance issues, the factory will be automatically decertified (if applicable) and banned from the WRAP program in all capacities without the option to return nor be certified in the future.

  • Deliberate and ongoing human rights violations including:
    • Child labor, including the worst forms of child labor (slavery, forced labor, trafficking, serfdom, debt bondage, prostitution, pornography, work that involves children in illicit activity, or work that is likely to harm the child physically or morally)
    • Forced labor (bonded labor, not allowing workers to leave at their own will, forced to work overtime)
    • Inhumane treatment (use of threats of physical harm or extreme intimidation, corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion)
  • Unethical actions that encourage the auditor(s) to compromise their integrity
  • Threatening physical harm towards the audit team
  • False representation of certificate or audit report (i.e. altered or fake certificates or reports)
  • False representation of production processes (i.e. hiding full/partial production floors and/or processes from auditor)