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  • ACTIVITIES OF THE UNIT OF CERTIFICATION TO BE AUDITED: □ pre – processing □ final processing □ importing □ exporting □ distribution □ others(describe)





  • 1.1 Raw materials of plant origin used in the <br>manufacturing processes shall comply with the <br>FOE standards for sustainable agricultur

  • 1.2 Raw materials of animal origin used in the <br>manufacturing processes shall comply with the <br>FOE standards for sustainable livestock farming.

  • 1.3 The synthetic fibers used in the manufacturing <br>process are completely recycled and non-toxic.

  • 1.4 The artificial fibers (viscose) used in the <br>manufacturing processes are obtained without the <br>use of chemicals dangerous to the environment.

  • 1.5 When possible, the unit of certification shall <br>recycle non-toxic manufacturing waste derived <br>from transformation processes within or outside of <br>the unit.

  • 1.6 Recycled natural, artificial and synthetic fibers <br>reach or exceed 50% of the total amount of <br>textile fibers used in the manufacturing process.

  • 1.7 The unit of certification manages to keep <br>separate the manufacturing processes using FOE <br>certified raw materials or in accordance with the <br>requirements 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, from those using <br>non-certified raw materials.

1.8 Traceability of raw materials used in the manufacturing processes

  • 1.8.1 The unit of certification uses a traceability system<br>that allows to retrace, starting from the end <br>product, all the raw materials used during the <br>production phase.

  • 1.8.2 The unit of certification shall provide the <br>origin and composition of the natural and/or <br>recycled raw materials used during the <br>manufacturing process.


  • 2.1 The unit of certification has a social and <br>environmental management system inclusive of <br>the necessary policies, programs, procedures and <br>logbooks confirming compliance with the <br>requirements of this standard.

  • 2.2 The unit of certification has appointed a person <br>responsible for verifying the compliance with the <br>social and environmental management system.

  • 2.3 All documentation related to the social and <br>environmental management systems has been <br>compiled and filed for at least three years.

  • 2.4 The unit of certification has conducted a Life Cycle <br>assessment study (LCA) on its production system.<br>

2.5 Personnel management

  • 2.5.1 The unit of certification has an effective system <br>that prevent people from accessing working <br>facilities without authorization.

  • 2.5.2 Where necessary, the unit of certification shall <br>provide a training to the internal and external staff <br>of the organization and keep a record of the <br>training activities performed. Specify whether there <br>will be any training targeting issues related to <br>environmental aspects and the prevention of <br>dangerous practices in the workplace.

2.6 Emergency procedures

  • 2.6.1 The unit of certification has implemented a system <br>to efficiently deal with emergency situations. <br>Verify the following elements: map or company <br>address, contact person, list of emergency <br>numbers, location of the nearest telephone, <br>location of fire extinguishers, location of the <br>centralized electricity switches, water and gas faucets.

  • 2.6.2 In the event of environmental accidents (ex. <br>dispersion of polluting substances), the unit of <br>certification can rely on procedures that ensure <br>the implementation of appropriate corrective <br>actions.

2.7 Equipment maintenance

  • 2.7.1 All machinery is kept in good condition to <br>prevent breakages and anomalies that could <br>cause environmental pollution.


  • 3.1 The unit of certification shall provide evidence <br>of the conformity of the production processes <br>with all applicable local, federal, state, and <br>international environmental laws and <br>regulations.


  • 4.1 The use of substances potentially dangerous for <br>the environment is not allowed during any of the <br>transformation phases of the textile fibers (H400,<br>H410, H411, H412, H413, H420)

  • 4.2 The unit of certification doesn’t use substances <br>containing heavy metals at any stage of textile <br>fibers processing.

  • 4.3 Chemical products and other substances harmful <br>to the environment and to human health shall be <br>handled safely to avoid environmental pollution or <br>pose a threat to the safety of people.

  • 4.4 The purchase, storage, transportation, use and <br>disposal of these products must follow the <br>instructions given by the current legislation, in <br>order to avoid problems for workers and<br>environmental pollution.


5.1 Bleaching

  • 5.1.1The unit of certification handles oxidizing <br>and/or reducing agents to neutralize their <br>potential dangerousness and that of their byproducts once released in the environment.

  • 5.1.2 The unit of certification uses the best available low <br>temperature bleaching techniques. It uses catalysts <br>and stabilizers of the oxidizing and/or reducing <br>agent specifically conceived to minimize the <br>environmental impacts.<br>

5.2 Dyeing

  • 5.2.1<br>The unit of certification uses non-toxic dyes<br>specially designed to minimize environmental <br>impacts

  • 5.2.2 The unit of certification doesn’t use dispersed dyes.

  • 5.2.3 The unit of certification uses a dyeing system that <br>avoids the presence of dye residues in the <br>wastewater.

  • 5.2.4 The unit of certification is committed to <br>implementing the use of completely <br>biodegradable coloring substances within the <br>third year of accreditation.

5.3 Finishing

  • 5.3.1 The unit of certification uses the best available <br>finishing techniques in terms of environmental <br>impact, water and energy consumption.

  • 5.3.2<br>Any dangerous substances used during the finishing <br>process are handles to neutralize all the potentially<br>harmful effects on the environment and on human <br>health.

  • 5.3.3 The unit of certification is committed to <br>performing only physical treatments (thermal <br>and/or mechanical) and/or with natural <br>substances (ex. beeswax and aloe vera).


6.1 Surface and underground water

  • 6.1.1 The quality of the water used for production <br>purposes, both inbound and outbound from the <br>production facilities, shall be analyzed at least once <br>a year.

  • 6.2 All the surface or underground water used and <br>discharged by the unit of certification for <br>production purposes must have received <br>concessions and permits from the competent legal <br>or environmental authorities.

  • 6.3 The unit of certification must not discharge nor <br>deposit industrial wastewater without previously <br>having analyzed the water and ensured its <br>compliance with the legal requirements. <br>Furthermore, the physical and biochemical <br>characteristics of the wastewater shall not alter <br>the quality of the receiving body of water.<br>

6.4 In the absence of legal requirements, the discharged wastewater must meet the minimum criteria given in the table in ANNEX 1.


  • 7.1 The unit of certification identified the emission <br>sources of GHG during the production phase and <br>set objectives for their reduction and strategies to <br>achieve them.<br>

  • 7.2 The unit of certification identified the <br>sources of dust and particulate matter <br>emissions and set objectives for their <br>reduction and strategies to achieve them.

  • 7.4 The unit of certification does not use <br>products/substances contributing to the <br>ozone layer.


  • 8.1 The discard of organic and inorganic waste shall <br>not have an adverse effect on the surrounding <br>environment and the facilities itself (ex. causing <br>dispersion or runoff).

  • 8.2 The unit of certification has put in place <br>procedures for the separation of organic and <br>inorganic waste to facilitate their reuse or <br>recycling (for ex. pallets, wood, paper, cardboard <br>and waste deriving from the manufacturing <br>process).

  • 8.3 The unit of certification reuses or recycles the <br>entire or part of the waste derived from <br>inorganic materials that can be reused or <br>recycled according to local regulations on <br>separate collection).

8.4 Containers, packaging and other disposable materials

  • 8.4.1 Provision is made for implementing a<br>method of preserving the materials used in <br>the transformation phases of the textile <br>fiber.<br>Where available, provide a description.

  • 8.4.2 Provision is made for implementing the disposal <br>of materials and substances used in the <br>transformation phases of the textile fiber. <br>Where available, provide a description.

  • 8.4.3 External companies specialized in waste <br>management are involved.

  • 8.4.4 There is evidence of the correct disposal of <br>waste (delivery notes, other relevant <br>documents).

  • 8.4.5 The unit of certification implemented a strategy <br>aiming at packaging reduction for the finished <br>product, which takes into consideration the <br>environmental impact of their production, distribution <br>and disposal.


  • 9.1 The total energy consumption from the <br>manufacturing processes carried out by the unit <br>of certification shall be calculated once a year <br>and must include: <br>1. Direct consumption of energy acquired <br>from outside sources (renewable or not); <br>2. The production and consumption of <br>renewable energy derived from internal <br>sources; <br>3. The fuels used for transportation and for <br>the operation of the plant. <br>4. The use and production of grey energy (for <br>ex. input, packaging, equipment)

  • 9.2 The unit of certification outlined objectives for <br>the improvement of the energy efficiency <br>(including the calculation of the energy used per <br>unit of finished product), as well as strategies and <br>evaluation methods to achieve these objectives.

  • 9.3 The unit of certification is committed to <br>obtaining the energy required for its operations <br>from renewable energy systems


10.1 The unit of certification shall respect human rights, complying with the following requirements:

  • 10.1.1 Respect the international regulations and ILO <br>on child labor.

  • 10.1.2 Pay the employees adequate salaries <br>compliant, at least with the minimum legal <br>wages

  • 10.1.3 Grant access to health care to each employee.

  • 10.1.4 Apply safety measures required by the law

  • 10.1.5 The unit of certification adequately trains its <br>employees in charge of handling dangerous <br>substances, on the risk and on their correct <br>management practices. Besides, the unit of <br>certification must ensure that the personnel is<br>provided with personal protection equipment <br>(PPE) and that they are used correctly.

  • 10.1.6 Obtain the certification SA8000

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