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Corporate Responsibility Initiatives

Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production Principles

 

Established

1998

 

Sponsor

American Apparel and Footwear Association

 

Players in development

The apparel manufacturing community, human rights groups, public interest groups, development agencies and the licensing community.

 

Target audience

Apparel manufacturing companies

 

Purpose

The objective of the Apparel Certification Program is to independently monitor and certify compliance with the following standards, ensuring that a given factory produces sewn goods under lawful, humane, and ethical conditions. Note that it is not enough to subscribe to these principles; WRAP monitors the factory for compliance with detailed practices and procedures implied by adherence to these standards.

        Compliance with Laws and Workplace Regulations

        Prohibition of Forced Labor

        Prohibition of Child Labor

        Prohibition of Harassment or Abuse

        Compensation and Benefits

        Hours of Work

        Prohibition of Discrimination

        Health and Safety

        Freedom of Association & Collective Bargaining

        Environment

        Customs Compliance

        Security

 

Implementation procedures

Participating companies voluntarily agree that their production and that of their contractors will be certified by the WRAP Certification Programas complying with the WRAP Principles.

 

Reporting requirements and verification

WRAP Certification Program is a five-step process:

 

I. Application: The factory sends a completed application form and fee to WRAP.

2. Self Assessment: The factory must apply and be registered in the WRAP Certification Program. Factory management performs the self-assessment of its facility with the WRAP Self-Assessment and Monitoring Handbook to determine if their facility complies with the WRAP Principles.

3. Independent Monitoring: WRAP authorizes factory management to hire an independent monitor from a list of monitoring companies and civil society organizations that regularly perform audits for compliance with policies and procedures required by third partiesin this case, WRAP.

4. Evaluation: The WRAP staffer evaluates the factor and either informs the factory that it needs to correct certain procedures and have the monitor make an additional inspection and report or recommends to the Certification Board that the factory be certified.

5. Certification: The Certification Board studies the recommendation of the staff, including the monitors report, and votes to award or withhold certification.

 

Participants

Over 700 international manufacturers with over 1300 participating factories in the program.

 

Contact information

Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production

2200 Wilson Boulevard

Suite 601

Arlington, VA 22201

United States

 

Tel: 703-243-0970

Fax: 703-243-8247

E-mail: INFO@Wrapapparel.org

 

Web site

http://www.wrapapparel.org

 





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