• WRAP is an independent, objective, non-profit team of global social compliance experts dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing around the world through certification and education. Our primary activity is the certification program, which is the largest of its kind in the world mainly focused on apparel, footwear, and sewn products. We also operate a comprehensive social compliance training program.

  • No. We are not connected to any government in the world, nor do we receive funding from any government.

  • No. While we do trace our roots back to the apparel and footwear industries, WRAP is a fully independent, self-governing, and self-financed organization. Click here to read more about our history.

  • No. WRAP is a politically neutral organization. We believe in the rule of law and require compliance with all relevant regulations. However, we do not express positions on any political matters, nor do we lobby for or against any laws or policies, whether they be domestic or international.

  • Our headquarters are located in Arlington, Virginia, USA, just outside of Washington, DC. We also have branch offices in Hong Kong S.A.R., Dhaka, Bangladesh, and full-time staff in Europe, India, Latin America, and Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia). Click here to see our full staff list.

  • To maintain our independence and credibility, we are purely a fee-for-service organization whose funding sources are only the registration fees paid by factories in our certification program and the revenues generated by our training program. We do not accept charitable donations, membership dues, or government grants.

  • No. We strongly believe that WRAP must not be swayed by any outside interests, whether they be financial, political, or influence from members. This is crucial so we can maintain credibility as a trustworthy social compliance certification body.

  • There are several ways that you can engage with us and stay up to date with what we are doing. The best way to do so is through this website as well as through our social media channels (Facebook and Twitter). We publish a weekly newsletter that covers the latest garment sourcing news from around the world in addition to providing the latest updates about WRAP, including upcoming training dates (click here to subscribe to the newsletter), along with a regularly released podcast. While we are a non-profit group, we are not a charitable organization and do not accept donations. Furthermore, our work is also not conducive to volunteering, therefore we do not have any volunteer opportunities available. When we have staff openings in our offices around the world, we address those needs directly.

  • WRAP is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors, the majority of whom are required by WRAP’s Bylaws to be from outside the apparel and footwear industries. Click here to see the current members of WRAP’s Board.

  • As part of our internal management systems, we conduct a thorough review of our Certification Program every two years and make updates as needed to adapt to the ever-changing social compliance landscape. We may conduct more frequent reviews should the need arise.

  • WRAP certifications can only be granted to individual production units. Holding companies, brands, and retailers are not eligible to apply. Furthermore, our Certification Program is mainly focused on the sewn products, apparel, and footwear sectors and related industries.

  • Attaining a WRAP certificate involves a 5-step process. It begins with the production facility filing an initial application with WRAP and paying the registration fee. Then the facility will conduct a Pre-Audit Self- Assessment of its compliance with WRAP’s 12 Principles, which is followed by an audit conducted by one of our accredited monitoring firms. The report from that audit is sent to WRAP, where WRAP and an independent review board then decide to issue a certificate. Click here for more information about our certification process.

  • It depends on the preparedness of the facility at the time of application. It can take as little as six weeks to get certified but can take anywhere from 2-6 months, or in rare cases even longer, from the time an application is submitted for a certificate to be granted. See our certification page for more information.

  • WRAP charges a registration fee of U.S. $1,195 for new facilities seeking certification as well as for Platinum and Gold-certified facilities seeking renewals (Silver-certified facilities seeking timely renewal are charged a reduced registration fee of U.S. $895). This fee does not include the price of the audit, which is set by the individual monitoring firms and paid directly to them by the facility seeking certification. See our certification page for more information.

  • A list of currently certified facilities can be found on our world map. To have your facility displayed on our world map, please email our Compliance Administration department.

  • No. Each unit must undergo the process separately.

  • No. Brands and retailers themselves cannot be WRAP-certified. Only individual production units can be.

  • Supply chains for garments and footwear are long and complex, making it very difficult to tag any one of them as being made entirely in WRAP-certified facilities. For instance, while the final assembly of a shirt may have taken place in a WRAP-certified facility, the cloth, buttons, or other components may have been made in a facility that is not WRAP-certified. WRAP is not a consumer-facing organization; we do not maintain a system for tagging garments and footwear that were made in our certified facilities. Several brands and retailers, however, have chosen to indicate on their websites whether they source from WRAP-certified facilities.

  • Over 700 buyers, brands, and retailers around the world accept our certifications, though each of them does so in varying ways according to their own unique social compliance programs. WRAP continues to be the most accepted independent certification in the sewn products industry. Some companies may choose to accept a WRAP certification in lieu of their own audits, while others prefer to accept WRAP certifications only for facilities where they themselves have conducted the initial inspection. Some companies have also elected to accept WRAP certificates only in specific countries, or solely for their licensees, or only in facilities that have been audited by a particular firm. If you are a vendor looking for more information about how a specific brand utilizes WRAP, please contact us.

  • WRAP audits are primarily carried out by our accredited third-party monitoring firms, who must also be a member of the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA), though we do use WRAP’s own staff auditors to carry them out from time to time.

  • The price of a WRAP audit is set by the individual monitoring firms that carry them out and are primarily a function of the size of the facility and its location. WRAP does not have a set pricing schedule for audits.

  • There is no limit on how many times a facility can be audited, meaning that they can be inspected as many times as it takes for them to make improvements and demonstrated compliance as long as they maintain a valid registration with WRAP. Successive audits must generally be conducted at least 45 days apart, however. For certified facilities, the frequency of audits depends on the certification level. Silver facilities are inspected at least every six months, Gold facilities are inspected at least every year, and Platinum facilities are inspected at least once every two years. All certified facilities, regardless of certification level, are also subject to random, unannounced Post-Certification Assessments that can occur at any time and have no limit on how often they can be performed.

  • No. All of our audits are unannounced. Certification audits take place within a 1-month window while Post-Certification Assessment (PCAs) are conducted at random and can occur at any time.

  • WRAP uses only experienced auditors who are employed full-time by our accredited monitoring firms and who are accredited by APSCA. All WRAP auditors must undergo our IRCA-certified 5-day Lead Auditor Training Course and pass the exam at the end of the training. In addition, they must attend refresher training sessions at least once every two years.

  • Audits are a vital part of WRAP’s multi-faceted, collaborative approach to social compliance. We understand that a production facility cannot simply be “audited into compliance,” therefore our audits serve more as a starting point for us to begin a collaborative dialogue with our facilities about what it takes to get them to a compliant state. Our audits also go beyond simple facility walk-throughs in that they are designed to look for objective evidence that effective management systems are in place to maintain a facility’s compliance on an ongoing basis.

  • You must be an APSCA accredited auditor employed by one of our accredited monitoring firms to begin training as a WRAP auditor.

  • We currently offer four different courses:

    • Five-Day Lead Auditor Training
    • Two-Day Internal Auditor Training
    • Fire Safety Awareness
    • CTPAT for Foreign Manufacturers.

    See our Training page for more information.

  • Our Internal Auditor, Fire Safety Training, and CTPAT courses are open to anybody; however, our Lead Auditor Course is intended only for our accredited monitoring firms.

  • The cost varies depending on the course. See our Training page for more information.

  • All of our trainers are WRAP staff members with extensive experience as auditors and administering social compliance education programs.