Mr Jesseph, please tell us why WRAP came to being?
WRAP was formed in January 2000 as an international, non-profit NGO standards setting and certification body in response to allegations of poor working conditions in sewn products factories around the world.
Can you also brief about the WRAP Certification program?
The WRAP Certification Program is based on 12 Principles focusing on compliance with local laws, workplace regulations, universal workers’ rights, the environment, customs compliance and security. Facilities that demonstrate proper adoption, deployment and monitoring of all 12 Principles receive certification for six months to two years. The certificate applies to the individual facility, not a parent company or brand. Over the years, WRAP’s comprehensive facility-based model helped it grow into the world’s largest certification program for the apparel industry. In 2007, WRAP’s facility certification expanded to include all labor-intensive sectors such as house textile, fashion accessories, leather, hotels, jewelry, furniture, construction materials, food processing, glassware, home accessories and more.
So, what level of awareness do you see amongst the players? And, how would you voice the concern of ethical production in textile manufacturing?
The apparel industry probably has the highest level of concern for ethical performance as it has been dealing strongly with these issues for over 10 years.
While there is still progress to be made, significant progress has been made in working conditions and environmental performance in the major apparel producing factories around the world.
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