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Romanian textile firm bags Oeko-Tex's 'STeP' certification
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Aug '14
The textile finisher SC Ready Garment Technology SRL Romania, a subsidiary company of the German Dr. Dietrich Bock & Partner Group, has become the first textile company in Romania to be awarded with STeP by OEKO-TEX certification.

On 28 April 2014, Dr. Stefan Droste, COO of the Hohenstein Textile Testing Institute GmbH & Co. KG and STeP lead auditor Mathias Wenzel presented the STeP certificate to Dr. Dietrich Bock, CEO of Dr. Dietrich Bock & Partner Group, and Theodora Lautarescu, Management Systems RGT Romania, on behalf of the OEKO-TEX Association. "We want to congratulate RGT Romania on realising their vision of sustainable production and social responsibility in such an impressive manner," says Droste.

"In a tough and highly competitive market, it really is an outstanding achievement." Likewise, Dr. Dietrich Bock is impressed by the benefits of certification through STeP: "The demand for certified and sustainable textile production is constantly increasing.

"This also means that the brands of our world-renowned customers need to be protected against bad press in relation to it. The best way to do so is to ensure that the company is awarded with an independent, comprehensive, transparent and trustworthy certificate. As RGT Romania is an innovative company, it searched out a certification system that could satisfy these demands in this area, which is still so new to so many manufacturers.

"The certification through STeP by OEKOTEX allows RGT Romania to prove that our work is carried out based on European standards, even in the area of social protection. As a result, any discussions about these critical issues can effectively be precluded. For the procedures in the operation, STeP is a helpful tool for rearranging existing processes in a comprehensive structure and allowing them to be evaluated neutrally by an independent party."

For the STeP certification, all of the areas of the company that were of relevance with regard to sustainable production and social conditions were first analysed using a webbased assessment tool. This included the handling of chemicals and possible hazardous materials, environmental performance measured using a wide range of criteria, the implementation of an environmental management system, company responsibility in relation to employees, efficient quality management and safety in the workplace.

During the subsequent audit of the production facilities, the specifications provided by thecompany were verified on site by the OEKO-TEX auditor Mathias Wenzel and a detailed audit report was created. The results of the individual areas are collected and displayed together in a clear overall scoring system on the issued STeP certificate.

"The result achieved by RGT Romania far exceeded the basic requirements for STeP certification," says Wenzel, "but what is also of central importance is that the solutions implemented up to now in the course of the STeP certification are regularly reassessed to ensure continuous improvement and further positive development."

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