Who is WRAP?
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 our factory certification program, which is the largest of its kind in the world mainly focused on the apparel, footwear, and sewn products sectors. We also operate a comprehensive social compliance training program.
Is WRAP a government organization?
No. We are not connected to any government in the world nor do we receive funding from any government.
IS WRAP an industry organization?
No. While we do trace our roots back to the apparel and footwear industries, today WRAP is a fully independent, self-governing, and self-financed organization. Click here to read more about our history.
Is WRAP an advocacy group?
No. WRAP is a politically neutral organization and as such, 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.
Where is WRAP located?
Our headquarters are located in Arlington, Virginia, USA just outside of Washington, DC. We also have branch offices in Hong Kong S.A.R., China, and Dhaka, Bangladesh, and additional representation in India and Southeast Asia (Thailand). Click here to see our full staff list.
How is WRAP funded?
To maintain our independence and credibility, we are funded solely by the registration fees paid by factories in our certification program as well as by revenues generated through our training program. We do not appect charitable donations nor do we rely on grants from any government or other body. Furthermore, we do not collect membership dues.
Is WRAP a membership organization?
No. We strongly believe that WRAP must not be influenced by any outside interests, whether they be financial, political, or influence from members, in order to maintain credibility as a trustworthy social compliance certification body.
How can I engage or get involved with WRAP?
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. We also 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). 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.
How is WRAP governed?
WRAP is governed by a 10-member Board of Directors, the majority of whom are required by WRAP's Articles of Incorporation to be from outside the apparel and footwear industries. Click here to see the current members of WRAP's board.
How often is the WRAP program updated?
As part of our own 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.
Who can seek WRAP certification?
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.
How does a production facility get WRAP certified?
Attaining a WRAP certification 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 self-assessment of its compliance with WRAP's 12 Principles, which is followed by an additional audit conducted by one of our accredited monitoring partners. The report from that audit is sent to WRAP, where we then decide whether or not to issue a certification. Click here for more information about our certification process.
How long does it take to get WRAP certified?
It depends on the preparedness of the facility at the time of application. It can take as little as 6 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 certification to be granted. Registrations are valid for 6 months each, so if the process takes longer than that, a facility must either pay a new registration fee or request an extension. See our certification page for more information.
How much does it cost to get WRAP certified?
WRAP charges a registration fee of US$1195 for new facilities seeking certification as well as for Platinum and Gold-certified facilities seeking renewals (Silver-certified facilities seeking renewal are charged a reduced registration fee of US$895). Each registration is valid for 6 months, after which the facility must either pay a new registration fee or request an extension. 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.
How can I find out if a factory is WRAP certified?
A list of currently certified facilities can be found on our world map. Please note that only facilities that have granted us permission to display their certification status are shown.
Can I get a single WRAP certification for multiple facilities?
No. Each unit must undergo the process separately.
A certain brand claims to be WRAP certified. Is this true?
No. Brands and retailers themselves cannot be WRAP certified. Only individual production units can be.
How do I know if my clothes were made in a WRAP Certified factory?
This is actually a more complex question than it appears to be, and merits a two-part answer. First, because 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 or not they source from WRAP-certified facilities. More broadly though, supply chains for garments and footwear are long and complex, making it very difficult to tag any one of them as being made fully 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.
What companies accept WRAP certification?
There are over 100 buyers, brands, and retailers around the world who 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 choose 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 specific firm. If you are a vendor looking for more information about how a specific brand utilizes WRAP, please contact us.
Auditing & Inspection
Who performs WRAP audits?
WRAP audits are primarily carried out by our accredited monitoring partners, though we do use WRAP's own staff auditors to carry them out from time to time.
How much does a WRAP audit cost?
The price of WRAP audits are set by the individual firms that carry them out and are largely a function of the size of the facility and its location. WRAP does not have a set pricing schedule for audits.
How often are factories audited?
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 pass 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 6 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 Audits that can occur at any time and have no limit on how often they can be performed.
Are WRAP audits announced to the factories?
No. All of our audits are unannounced. Certification audits take place within a 1 month window while Post-Certification Audits (PCAs) are conducted at random and can occur at any time.
What qualifications do WRAP auditors have?
WRAP uses only experienced auditors who are employed by our accredited monitoring partners. All WRAP auditors must undergo our IRCA-certified Lead Auditor Training Course and attend regular refresher training sessions.
Why are audits important to WRAP?
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 through its day-to-day operations.
How do I become a WRAP auditor?
You must be an experienced auditor employed by one of our accredited monitoring partners in order to begin training as a WRAP auditor.
What training courses does WRAP offer?
We currently offer 3 different courses: Internal Auditor Training, Lead Auditor Training, and Fire Safety Awareness. See our Training page for more information.
Who can take a WRAP training course?
Our Internal Auditor and Fire Safety Awareness courses are open to anybody; however our Lead Auditor Course is intended only for our accredited monitoring partners.
How much do WRAP's training courses cost?
The cost varies depending on the course. See our Training page for more information.
What qualifications do WRAP trainers have?
All of our trainers are WRAP staff members with extensive experience administering social compliance education programs.