Factory Certification Programs are the ones, in which factories are expected to take responsibility for assuring that their organizations comply with labor standards on pay and working conditions. The factory applies to have its facility certified and completes a self-assessment of factory working conditions, using tools provided by the organization. Next, outside monitors visit the facilities to assess whether the standards have been met. Factories achieving minimum standards are certified as being in compliance with the code of conduct, achieving a kind of seal of approval.

A successful factory certification program has the potential to eliminate duplication of auditing efforts, which can happen when responsibility for monitoring falls to the brands, as many factory manufacture for more than one brand. Each brand producing in a factory may monitor the factory and if the brand belongs to another organization such as the Fair Labor Association, additional monitoring may be performed. Factory Certification could reduce such unnecessary duplication.

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