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 TECHNICAL ARTICLE - WRAP FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 
Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion and certification of lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing throughout the world. The WRAP Certification Programme is based on 12 Principles focusing on local law, workplace regulations, and the environment, and aims to evaluate facilities’ security compliance with Customs–Trade Partnership Against Terrorism’s (C-TPAT) Foreign Manufacturer Security Criteria.
 
Q: WHAT ARE THE WRAP 12 PRINCIPLES?
The WRAP certification programme is based on 12 Principles focusing on compliance with laws and workplace regulations, prohibition of forced labour, prohibition of child labour, prohibition of harassment or abuse, compensation and benefits, hours of work, prohibition of discrimination, health and safety, freedom of association and collective bargaining, environment, customs compliance and security.

Q: WHAT CHARACTERISTICS DOES WRAP POSSESS?
Enterprises can log onto http://www.wrapcompliance.org/ to apply for certification by clicking “New Application” at the top of the page, then filling in the application form and settling payment with WRAP. Meanwhile, the applicant should download and complete the Self-Assessment Handbook and ensure compliance with the relevant requirements. On completion of this, the accredited auditing organizations will carry out the on-site audit based on the WRAP 12 Principles. The audit company will present the audit report, relevant materials and recommendations to WRAP for evaluation. The WRAP committee will evaluate all relevant audit reports and award certificates to qualified enterprises.

Q: HOW DOES WRAP CONDUCT EVALUATION?
The WRAP Self-Assessment Handbook requires facility management to adopt all the principles and prepare documentation which indicates that certain procedures are implemented. WRAP authorizes independent auditing organizations to perform on-site audits for compliance with policies and procedures. The auditing organization will verify the factory’s compliance statement through a worker interview, management interview, document review and on-site observation. After completion of the first on-site observation, the audit company will present all relevant initial site conformity assessment results and / or the tracking results of the Corrective Action Plan to WRAP. The WRAP committee will then review all the relevant audit reports and evidence.

Q: HOW TO IMPLEMENT THE WRAP MANAGEMENT SYSTEM EFFECTIVELY?
Enterprises should ensure that company policies covering the requirements of all the principles of social responsibility and system and audit procedures have been established. Enterprises can appoint officers to obtain relevant national and regional labour laws and regulations. Companies should keep such documents / evidence and provide continuous training to all employees.

Q: HOW MANY TYPES OF WRAP CERTIFICATES ARE THERE?
There are three levels of WRAP certification – Platinum, Gold and Silver, with validity periods of two years, one year, and six months respectively.
 
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