The Certification Process
Step 1 – Application
The facility sends a completed application form and fee (US$1195) to WRAP.
Step 2 – Self-Assessment
The Self-Assessment Handbook can be found on the website under Handbooks.
The handbooks are written in English, Spanish, and Chinese and explain WRAP’s principles and procedures. Facility management must adopt all the principles and prepare documentation that indicating that it is implementing certain procedures. When satisfied that it has complied with the requirements in the Handbook for a minimum of 90 days, the facility notifies WRAP that it is ready for monitoring.
Step 3 – Monitoring
WRAP authorizes facility 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 parties—in this case, WRAP. WRAP has accredited them to monitor facilities in one or more specified countries for compliance with WRAP’s detailed policies and procedures.
The facility is responsible for paying any audit fees assesed by the monitoring firm. All WRAP audits are unannounced and a facility has six months from the date of registration payment to WRAP (Step 1, above) to have the monitor submit its report and recommendation to factory management.
Step 4 – Evaluation
The WRAP staff takes one of two actions:
Step 5 – Certification
Certification The Certification Board (currently the Board of Directors of WRAP) studies the recommendation of the staff, including the monitor’s report, and votes to award or withhold certification. (In the latter case, the staff will proceed as in Step 4 (A), above.) During the one-year certification period, all facilities, especially those that needed a second audit, are subject to unannounced inspections
In October 2006, WRAP announced the introduction of a new, three-level facility certification program. The purpose of this program is to award participating facilities with the appropriate level of recognition for their progress in achieving full compliance with the WRAP Production Principles over a period of time. The details are as follows:
Awarded to a facility that has demonstrated full compliance with all WRAP principles for three consecutive years, and has successfully “passed” each audit with no corrective actions. Facilities that meet these criteria will be issued a two-year certificate. The facility will be subject to an unannounced audit during its two-year certification. Facilities must maintain continuous certification to qualify for the “Platinum” certificate.
A one-year certificate is awarded to a facility that has demonstrated full compliance with all WRAP principles during the first audit, or in subsequent audits. The one year certification begins from the date of issue of the certificate, not from the date of the audit. (The “Gold” certification is equal to WRAP’s current compliance certificate.)
A six-month certificate will be issued to facilities that demonstrate substantial compliance with the WRAP principles, but have minor non-compliances in policies, procedures or training that need to be addressed. Facilities may not have any “red flag” noncompliances such as child labor, egregious health & safety or environmental issues, prison labor, forced labor or involuntary labor, or harassment or abuse of employees. Facilities must demonstrate that employees are paid the legal minimum wage and any required overtime compensation.