Total Promotions uses WRAP suppliers
Total Promotions only buys products from members of the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production organisation as part of our Ethical and Social Responsibility Policy.
Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) is an independent, global non-profit organisation dedicated to the certification of facilities engaged in lawful, humane and ethical production. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, WRAP has offices in Hong Kong and Bangladesh with staff in the UK, Mexico and East Africa.
Based on reports of improper working conditions in sewing factories in developing countries, a task force composed of members from the American Apparel Manufacturers Association, consultants, NGOs and other stakeholders began an exhaustive, three-year study of the labour and environmental conditions in sewing factories around the world in late 1996. Based hundreds of meetings across the world with numerous governments, trade associations, retailers, brand manufacturers, suppliers, trade unions and NGOs, WRAP was established in January 2000 and is today the world’s largest labour and environmental certification program for labour-intensive consumer products manufacturing and processing. WRAP enjoys the support of 25 international trade associations including the International Apparel Federation which represents 36 national associations and over 150,000 individual companies.
The 12 principles of WRAP
The WRAP Certification Program is based on 12 Principles focusing on local law and workplace regulations, generally accepted international workplace standards, and the environment. 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.
These 12 Principals are as follows:
- Compliance with Laws and Workplace Regulations Facilities will comply with laws and regulations in all locations where they conduct business.
- Prohibition of Forced Labour Facilities will not use involuntary or forced labour.
- Prohibition of Child Labour Facilities will not hire any employee under the age of 14 or under the minimum age established by law for employment, whichever is greater, or any employee whose employment would interfere with compulsory schooling.
- Prohibition of Harassment or Abuse Facilities will provide a work environment free of supervisory or co-worker harassment or abuse, and free of corporal punishment in any form.
- Compensation and Benefits Facilities will pay at least the minimum total compensation required by local law, including all mandated wages, allowances & benefits.
- Hours of Work Hours worked each day, and days worked each week, shall not exceed the limitations of the country’s law. Facilities will provide at least one day off in every seven-day period, except as required to meet urgent business needs.
- Prohibition of Discrimination Facilities will employ, pay, promote, and terminate workers on the basis of their ability to do the job, rather than on the basis of personal characteristics or beliefs.
- Health and Safety Facilities will provide a safe and healthy work environment. Where residential housing is provided for workers, facilities will provide safe and healthy housing.
- Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining Facilities will recognise and respect the right of employees to exercise their lawful rights of free association and collective bargaining.
- Environment Facilities will comply with environmental rules, regulations and standards applicable to their operations, and will observe environmentally conscious practices in all locations where they operate.
- Customs Compliance Facilities will comply with applicable customs laws, and in particular, will establish and maintain programs to comply with customs laws regarding illegal transhipment of finished products.
- Security Facilities will maintain facility security procedures to guard against the introduction of non-manifested cargo into outbound shipments (i.e. drugs, explosives biohazards and /or other contraband).
WRAP Best Practices
WRAP has incorporated a significant number of “best practices” to assist facilities in becoming more efficient, productive and profitable. Finally, the overall benefits are clear: better working conditions for employees, an environmental program designed to protect the environment, and a sustainable platform to provide for future generations.