The 5 ethical manufacturing certificates you need to know

& exactly what you need to know about them

At ZOUMA, we’re passionate about promoting ethical fashion. Our #RunSustainable motto is all about highlighting the different aspects of ethical sports fashion, including what goes on behind the scenes.

We’re proud that our factories in China are WRAP certified, meet BSCI requirements, and are audited by Sedex too.

But if you’re sat there wondering - ‘just what does all this jargon mean?’ - then let us help you delve into the ethical manufacturing certificates you should be looking out for. 

(Trust us, we know it’s easy to get confused.)

1. Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)

The WRAP certificate began in the 1990s following the beginnings of the garment-making industry’s push to tackle sweatshop issues. WRAP was then established in 2000 as a non-profit organization to monitor compliance across the industry.

Every WRAP certified business has to actively engage in the certification process and meet the 12 key principles which focus on social compliance.

ZOUMA’s partner factories in China are WRAP certified. This means that they’re part of the world’s largest independent certification program for garments and fashion products.

2. Certified B Corporations

Certified B Corporations (or B Corps as you’ve probably heard thrown around) are businesses which exist to balance profit and purpose. They are legally required to consider the impact that their decisions have on their employees, suppliers, community, and of course – the environment. They also have a requirement to be publicly transparent and are working towards creating a healthier environment, high quality jobs, and lowering poverty levels.

The B Corp program unites over 4,000 companies around the globe in one goal. You’ll find Allbirds, Graze, and Ben & Jerry’s (our post run favourite) amongst their roster.

These companies are required to achieve a minimum verified score on the B Impact Assessment and the B Impact Report is made public as part of the process too.

So, check back in a few years, and we hope you’ll find us there!

3. SA8000

SA8000 is the world’s leading social certification program. Their systems give businesses and organizations a framework to operate in a way that is fair to their workers, while adhering to the highest social standards. 

Social Accountability International (SAI) created the SA8000 certificate back in 1997, making it the first credible social certification. It works by applying a management-system approach, encouraging businesses to continually improve how they operate. Factors within this system include health and safety, discrimination, working hours, and remuneration.

For a business to gain an SA800 certificate, they must demonstrate that they meet worker safety and wellbeing standards, as set out by SAI. Employees must have a safe workplace and healthy working conditions, a living wage, and more input into the decision-making process at their workplace.

4. Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA)

Sedex are the most widely used social auditors in the world. They set out to assess company’s factories and enable suppliers to understand what the working conditions are like throughout their supply chain.

Sedex have a zero-tolerance policy for human rights abuse - such as forced labour - and they also monitor the health and safety of workers as well as assessing the factory’s suppliers.

At ZOUMA, the factories that we use are audited by Sedex! This allows us to know - and be confident that - our suppliers are working in an ethical manner. Sedex guide our decision making on which suppliers we choose as partners to help you #RunSustainable.

5. Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)

BSCI is a voluntary program that gives companies a social auditing methodology and report. Whilst these are not audits, they enable companies to improve their working conditions across their supply chain. 

The goal of BSCI is to harmonise a voluntary code of conduct for businesses across the world by improving working conditions.

At ZOUMA, we’re proud to say that all our partner factories in China meet BSCI requirements (YAY!)

So, here at ZOUMA, we’ve certainly got you covered when it comes to ethics. But remember, your running kit is only a tiny portion of your wardrobe! Make sure to be looking out for these accreditations whenever you shop to help you make the most informed decision on your purchases.

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