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STeP by OEKO-TEX® is an independent certification tool for textile companies that allows transparent analysis, evaluation and documentation of their production facilities' sustainable efforts with regard to fair working conditions and environmentally friendly processing technologies.

STeP requirements for environmentally friendly manufacturing conditions

Chemicals Management

  • Compliance with the guidelines of a restricted substances list (RSL)
  • Introduction of a suitable harmful substances management
  • Compliance with the principles of ‘green chemicals’
  • Periodical training and further education regarding the handling of the chemicals used
  • Obligation for appropriate communication regarding the chemicals used and their risks
  • Monitoring the use of chemicals

Environmental Performance

  • Compliance with the stipulated limit values
  • Use of best available production technologies
  • Optimisation of production processes
  • Efficient use of resources
  • Responsible handling of waste, waste water, emissions etc.
  • Reduction of the CO2 footprint

Environmental Management

  • Proof of a suitable environmental management system for targeted coordination and systematic implementation of all environmental protection measures
  • Commitment to environmental targets
  • Periodic creation of environmental reports
  • Appointment of an environmental representative
  • Periodic training regarding the implementation of environmental targets and measures
  • Implementation of existing environmental protection systems (e.g. ISO 14001)

Quality Management

  • Implementation of a suitable QM system, e.g. in line with ISO 9001 or operational approaches
  • Guaranteed traceability, responsibility and appropriate documentation regarding the flow of goods and manufactured products
  • Advanced management aspects such as risk management or corporate governance

STeP requirements for safe and socially responsible workplaces

Social Responsibility

  • Ensuring socially acceptable working conditions in the sense of the UN and ILO conventions
  • Execution of performance appraisals for employees
  • Implementation of existing social standards (e.g. SA 8000)
  • Guaranteed training for employees regarding the social issues of an operation

Occupational Health and Safety

  • Proof of suitable measures to ensure the required health and safety in the workplace (e.g. filter systems, ear protection etc.)
  • Guaranteed safety of buildings and production plants (e.g. through constructive measures, escape plans, separation of production areas etc.)
  • Risk prevention
  • Implementation of existing safety standards (e.g. OHSAS 18001)

Summary of all criteria for STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification