Achieving a WRAP certification is a collaborative approach, working with facilities to ensure they remain in compliance with our 12 Principles. Facilities must be actively engaged, ensuring effective management systems are in place and demonstrating that they can and do fulfill their social compliance obligations.
Certification depends upon the number of corrective actions required and the responsiveness of the facility to correct all noncompliances identified in the audit. WRAP certification will only be granted after all corrective actions have been implemented and verified.
For more detailed information, please download the Facility Handbook.
The certification process
The first step of the certification process is to submit an application, at which point the facility selects a monitoring firm to conduct their audit and pays a registration fee. This form provides WRAP with an overview of the facility and formally initiates its involvement with our program.
The current registration fee is US$1,195, but smaller facilities that require fewer resources during the audit process can take advantage of a pricing pilot we have been conducting over the past 18 months which offers a reduced fee (see additional information below).
Our fee has not been raised in more than ten years. However, a new pricing structure will take effect later this year which will reduce the price for facilities with 200 workers or fewer (which represent 30 percent of the facilities in our program) and increase the price for larger facilities. The lower fee will be available to eligible facilities starting September 1, 2023, but the higher fee will not go into effect until January 1, 2024.
Starting September 1, the pricing pilot will end and all facilities with 100 or fewer workers will pay only $650 while facilities with a worker count between 101 and 200 will pay $950. Beginning on January 1, 2024, facilities with 201 – 1,000 workers will be charged $1,350 and facilities with 1,001 workers or more will be charged $1,550. The figure below provides this information as a table. You can also find these details and additional information in the FAQ section of our website.
fees for Small facilities
We are proud to work with manufacturers of all sizes. With the support of brands and retailers around the globe, we offer a reduced registration fee to smaller facilities. This ensures that any production unit can benefit from our program regardless of considerations such as revenue, location, resource allocation, or workforce size.
The standard registration fee is currently US$1,195, but non-exporting facilities with fewer than 200 workers can take advantage of a pricing pilot which offers a reduced application fee of $595 (until the new pricing structure outlined above takes effect).
Facilities registering with us for the very first time can create a new account to submit the initial application and payment.
Facilities that currently hold a WRAP certification will be contacted via email within 90 days of its expiration date with a reminder to renew and a link to their renewal application. The application will also become available on their Dashboard in our user platform and they may complete it anytime.
Renewals are more streamlined than the original registration process, but each facility must still undergo a new audit to ensure continued compliance.
All WRAP audits — including those conducted for the purposes of a renewal — take into account new, evolving, and prospective regulations. As such, prior certification does not ensure renewal. Every certificate we issue affirms that a facility has proven its operations are safe, humane, and sustainable in accordance with current international standards and local laws.
Pre-audit self-assessment (PASA)
The second step of the certification process is the pre-audit self-assessment (PASA). The PASA is completely optional, but facilities are encouraged to use it as a resource as they prepare for their upcoming audit. It includes sample questions that the monitoring firm will ask and guidance for compiling relevant documents, information, and resources.
Facilities can download the PASA in English, Spanish, or Chinese here and upload the completed form to their user dashboard as soon as they submit their application. More information about the PASA can be found in the Facility Handbook (Section 2 and Appendix 4).
Factory audit and evaluation
The monitoring firm will conduct a full social compliance audit of the facility and upon completion, the monitor has 10 days to submit the audit report to WRAP. Our compliance staff will review the recommendations in the report and request revisions or additional information as needed. If the report concludes that the facility’s social compliance standing is sufficient, it will be reviewed by WRAP staff and its independent review board. With their approval, the facility will be issued a WRAP certification.
If the report concludes that the facility’s social compliance standing is insufficient, the facility will be provided with a list of corrective actions that must be taken. Following an additional inspection from the monitoring firm and final approval of the audit report from WRAP staff and its independent review board, the facility will be issued a WRAP certification.
There are two levels of WRAP certification: platinum and gold. The certificate level issued to each facility is determined by WRAP. This decision is based on the audit report’s findings regarding the breadth and stability of the facility’s social compliance program, as well as facility management’s ostensible commitment to WRAP’s 12 Principles.
Please note that all WRAP-certified facilities are subject to random, unannounced post-certification assessments (PCAs) during their certification period.
More than 90 percent of WRAP-certified facilities hold our gold standard certification. Gold certificates are awarded to manufacturers that demonstrate full compliance with WRAP’s 12 Principles. They are valid for one year and provide buyers around the world with an assurance that all applicable laws and standards are being followed.
Facilities that have demonstrated full compliance through three consecutive audits are awarded platinum level certification, which is valid for two years. These manufacturers must successfully pass each audit with no corrective actions – which are issued in response to noncompliances or “observations” (minor issues that may devolve into official noncompliances in the absence of proper preventive measures) – and maintain continuous certification with no gaps between certification periods.