Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production Launches Asia Regional Office, Expands to Hospitality and Service Sector

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The independent, non profit organization W.R.A.P., (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) dedicated to the certification of lawful, ethical and humane manufacturing has opened their new, Asian operations hub in Hong Kong. For the past decade W.R.A.P. has worked in over 60 countries with 3rd party monitoring partners to certify more than 1500 factories to its widely accepted code of Production Principles. W.R.A.P. has expanded labor compliance certification into the service sectors of call centres and hotel properties.

but we see growing needs also from those service sectors heavily dependent on migrant labor such as the call centre industry and hotel properties throughout the region.

The independent, non-profit accreditation body W.R.A.P. (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) has opened its new Asia Regional office in Hong Kong, China to support the growing demand for factory certification and training in labor, environmental and customs security compliance.

Dedicated to lawful, ethical and humane manufacturing in the consumer goods sector, W.R.A.P. is one of the world's largest factory-based social and environmental certification and training organizations with a decade of on the ground experience in more than 60 countries.

Originally focused on the apparel and textile industry, W.R.A.P. has since 2007 broadened its scope to include the furniture, house wares, luggage and home decorative sectors. As an I.R.C.A. (International Register of Certified Auditors) accredited training organization, W.R.A.P. has taken on a growing role in providing 'best in class' training to social compliance bodies, educational institutes and independent auditing firms around the world.

Through its Universal Code of Ethical Conduct and its 12 guiding Production Principles, W.R.A.P. has earned recognition and acceptance as a robust social compliance system standard by more than two dozen brands and retailers worldwide.

"Recent economic troubles have not shifted the consumer's mind or the retailer's attention away from the importance of making sure that the products they buy and make come from reputable manufacturers with a proven commitment to the treatment of workers and the environment", says Michael Lavergne, Director of Asia for the W.R.A.P. team.

"Not only that," he adds, "but we see growing needs also from those service sectors heavily dependent on migrant labor such as the call centre industry and hotel properties throughout the region."

Having developed the standards and protocols for a hospitality industry labor compliance program early in 2007, W.R.A.P. completed the first such industry certifications for the Guoman Hotel Group's U.K. Charing Cross and Grosvenor properties in May of 2008.

As international brands, retailers and service organizations continue to put corporate social responsibility issues high on their strategic agendas, the dedicated team at W.R.A.P. has invested in providing the highest standards of training and accreditation possible, even in today's challenging economic environment.

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