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Cred­ib­il­ity

En­vir­on­ment

So­cio-E­co­nom­ic

  • Aim/Focus
  • Standard organisation
  • Good to know
A major portion of the natural stones used in Europe are imported from Asia, especially from China and India. The production of natural stone is cheaper there but often at the cost of the workers in the quarries and factories. The aim of Fair Stone is to improve the working conditions and the health situation in the global natural stone industry.
The label is awarded by Fair Stone Association. The underlying standard was developed in 2007 by WiN=WiN GmbH in cooperation with a German natural stone trader, experts from ISSA (International Social Security Association) and international labour law and social experts as part of a co-financed DeveloPPP project.
The Standard addresses the whole supply chain of natural stone. The WiN=WiN Fair Stone scheme is covering specific materials and products, not companies or factories on a whole to allow for traceability into the quarry. A successful registration audit is a prerequisite for using the Fair Stone label. With the Fair Stone BASIC system compliance with minimum criteria (such as ILO core labor norms, accident insurance and minimum wages) is externally verified by accredited auditors. Fair Stone is a non-profit association according to its statute and is not involved in the commercial trade of natural stone. The association is managed by the committee’s offices, under supervision of the board of directors and the general assembly. The voluntary members of the association are involved in important strategic decisions. The majority of the members are representatives of civil society, non-governmental organisations or other associations.

Cred­ib­il­ity 61%

  • Availability of Scheme Structure
  • Independence of Scheme Owner from Certificate Holder
  • Availability of Standard
  • Public Consultation of Standard
  • Standard Review
  • Consistent interpretation of the standard
  • Procedure on Remediation
  • CAB Complaints Mechanism
  • Defined Duration of Certificate / License
  • Scheme Legal Status
  • Level of Conformity Assessment
  • Claims Policy
  • Sources of Finance
  • Standard-Setting Process
  • Stakeholder feedback
  • Assessment Methodology
  • Accredited/Approved CABs
  • Clarity of claims
  • Scheme Management
    14/21
    • Governance
      10/13
    • Impact
      4/5
      • Does the scheme owner have a system in place for measuring its impacts and progress towards its sustainability goals?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner use the results of monitoring and evaluation for learning and improvements to its programme?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        Standarddokument, p. 29 6.1 The impact of the Fair Stone Schemes will be evaluated on an annual basis. The description of problems in the individual countries, mentioned at the beginning of the standard document, serves as template for this evaluation. Improvements will be recommended based on this evaluation. The most significant intended effects of the WiN=WiN Fair Stone Scheme is to increase occupational health and safety in the participating supply chains, raise awareness about workers’ rights, exclude child and bonded labor and increase the usage of certified materials in construction projects.

      • Does the scheme owner make sustainability results from M&E available?
        Answer: Yes (on request)
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Supporting Strategies
      0/3
      • Does the scheme provide access to technical assistance for compliance with the standard?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme provide access to technical assistance beyond compliance with the standard?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme provide access to finance for enterprises seeking certification?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Standard-Setting
    11/17
    • Is the standard made available free of charge?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 2/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)
    • Has a set of key sustainability issues in the sector or product lifecycle been defined in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Are the standard-setting procedures or a public summary of how stakeholders can engage made available?
      Answer: Yes (on request)
      Score: 1/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)

      Source:

      Announcement of the participation through the newsletter to association members was made available to the expert.

    • Which stakeholders can participate in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: Invitation only
      Score: 1/2
      Possible answers
      • Members only (1 point)
      • Invitation only (1 point)
      • All stakeholders (2 points)
    • Are stakeholders who are directly affected by the standard provided opportunities to participate in standard setting?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)

      Source:

      Schedule of business trips to China, appointments with quarries / processing plants, notes on suggestions for improvement

    • Are draft standards field tested / piloted for relevance and auditability during the development process?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • Yes (1 point)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)

      Source:

      Email documentation for a trial for the new FS Basic Standard.

    • Does the scheme owner provide information on how the input received from consultations has been included in the final version of the standard?
      Answer: Yes (on request)
      Score: 1/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)

      Source:

      made available to GIZ in dropbox: FS_Beirat_Entwicklung_Standard Fair Stone_Protokoll_stone+tec

    • Do the voting procedures of the decision-making body responsible for standard setting ensure that there is a balanced representation of stakeholder interests?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)

      Source:

      Fair Stone Standard_8th_Edition_May2020.PDF To ensure a balanced member structure, decisions about modifications to the standards have to be agreed on during an association meeting which consists of at least the following representatives: 1x NGO, 1x Civil Society, 1x Business, 1x Association, 1x Founding Member.

    • Is the standard reviewed and, if necessary, revised at least every 5 years?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)

      Source:

      The Fair Stone Standard is revised and evaluated every two years (email correspondence dated 22.06.20)

    • Does the scheme ensure that guidance is in place to support consistent interpretation of the standard?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Are there procedures and guidance for application or interpretation of the standard to regional contexts?
      Answer: No
      Score: 0/1
      Possible answers
      • Yes (1 point)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Does the scheme owner have a complaints mechanism for the standard-setting process?
      Answer: No
      Score: 0/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes, publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)
  • Assurance
    27/48
    • Assurance System
      12/19
      • Is there a documented assessment methodology for CABs to assess compliance with the standard?
        Answer: Yes publicly avilable
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly avilable (2 points)
      • Is application (to get certified/verified) open to all potential applicants within the scope of the scheme?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have an assessment fee schedule?
        Answer: Yes publicly avilable
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly avilable (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have a documented complaints mechanism in place for compliance decisions?
        Answer: Yes available on request
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly available (2 points)

        Source:

        Document Complaints & Appelas process made availble to evaluator

      • Does the scheme owner make, or require CABs to make, summary certification/verification reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) available?
        Answer: No (confidential)
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • No (no reports) (0 points)
        • No (confidential) (1 point)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • Does the certificate or license define the scope of assurance?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        Standdarddokument, S. 24

      • Does the scheme owner maintain or require CABs to maintain a publicly accessible list of certified or verified enterprises, or a list of verified products/product groups, or a list of members (in case of membership-based initiatives)?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes incl. scope of certificate or license (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner maintain a list of all accredited/approved CABs?
        Answer: Yes (publicly)
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes (publicly) (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner review their assurance system on a periodic basis?
        Answer: Ad hoc
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Annual (1 point)
        • Every 3 years (1 point)
        • Every 5 years (1 point)
        • Ad hoc (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner require that clients and other affected stakeholders are notified of changes to the assurance requirements?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner allow partial certification by an enterprise, with requirements to increase the percentage of certified produce over time?
        Answer:
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented assessment methodology for CABs that are assessing chain of custody?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • yes publicly available (2 points)
        • yes available on request (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Conformity Assessment
      10/19
      • Conformity Assessment Process
        3/3
        • What is the most independent type of conformity assessment required by the scheme?
          Answer: 3rd party
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • 1st party (0 points)
          • 2nd party (0 points)
          • 3rd party (1 point)
          • (0 points)
          • (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner define guidelines for decision-making to ensure that CABs use consistent procedures for determining compliance of clients with the standard?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)

          Source:

          https://www.fairstone.org/fairstone/audits/ Auditor's Manual, S. 4

        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have a procedure in place for how clients are required to address non-conformities, including when a certificate or license is suspended or revoked?
          Answer: yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • yes (1 point)
      • Sustainability Audits
        5/11
        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17021, ISO/IEC 17020 or equivalent?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Not Applicable (0 points)
        • At least how often do clients undergo a full audit process?
          Answer: 2-3 years
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • 1 year or less (2 points)
          • 1-2 years (2 points)
          • 2-3 years (2 points)
          • 4-5 years (1 point)
          • 5 years or more (1 point)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Is the frequency of an audit based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • What type of activities are CABs required to undertake during a full audit?
          Answer: Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review)
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • Document review (off-site) only (1 point)
          • Document review on-site (1 point)
          • Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review) (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner allow or require CABs to do unscheduled audits?
          Answer: Not allowed
          Score: 0/2
          Possible answers
          • Allowed (1 point)
          • Required (2 points)
          • Not allowed (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Are auditors required to solicit external stakeholder input during the audit process?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to follow a consistent report format?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Are the people making the compliance decision different from those engaged in the audit process?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          as the accredited CAB are individuals, it appears that these individuals do both the assessment and make the decision

        • Does the scheme allow for group certification or verification?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Group Certification
        0/0
        • Is the group required to have an internal management system?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Is there a requirement that at least all group sites are visited during the period of validity of the certificate?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Is there a sample size formula to determine the number of group members that is externally verified?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Yes based on risk assessment (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Do the requirements on group certification/verification define the conditions under which a group member shall be suspended or removed from a group?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Member suspended from certification (1 point)
          • Member removed from a group (0 points)
          • Group suspension (0 points)
          • No repercussion (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Chain of Custody
        1/4
        • Does the scheme owner require CoC CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17020, ISO/IEC 17021, or ISO/IEC 17065 or equivalent?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • What is the most independent type of CoC conformity assessment required by the scheme?
          Answer: 1st party
          Score: 1/2
          Possible answers
          • 1st party (1 point)
          • 2nd party (1 point)
          • 3rd party (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Fair Stone Standard, 7th edition, Nov 2017 Part III: Fair Stone Social Standard for the Chain of Custody http://www.fairstone.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/05/170830_Fair-Stone-Standard_7th_Edition.pdf

        • What type of activities are CoC CABs required to undertake during a full CoC assessment?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Document review (off-site) only (1 point)
          • Document review on-site (1 point)
          • Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review) (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner require all enterprises that are physically handling the certified product to undergo a CoC audit if the product can be destined for retail sale as a certified, labelled product?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Laboratory Testing
        1/1
        • In the documented assessment methodology, are test methods either referred to or included?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (on request) (1 point)
          • Yes publicly (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner require laboratories to be accredited according to recognized laboratory accreditation standards?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes to ISO 17025 (2 points)
          • Yes to other recognized standards (1 point)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Are there rules on random sampling and testing for the compliance monitoring?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Is there a procedure to deal with non-compliant products manufactured by a client / licensee?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Auditor Competencies
      5/7
      • Does the scheme owner define specific qualifications and competencies for CAB auditors?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        CAB contract (made available to the evaluator), Audit Manual

      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete training on the standard and its interpretation?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        http://en.fairstone.org/fair-stone/audits/ The  auditors have been trained and accredited  by Fair Stone. In November 2011 the first audit training took place in Germany; second in XiaMen, China in April 2012 with auditors of the TÜV Rheinland Hong Kong Ltd. A third training took place in March, 2014 in XiaMen, China. Two auditors from QS Zürich were accredited by Fair Stone. All auditors act independently besides Fair Stone and are directly commissioned by the Fair Stone Partners.

      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete auditor training based on ISO 19011, or equivalent?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        CAB contract (made available to the evaluator)

      • Does the scheme owner require that new auditors have a probationary period where their competence in an audit is assessed or supervised?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors are evaluated at least every 3 years?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        CAB contract (made available to the evaluator)

      • Does the scheme owner have or require that CABs have a continuing professional development program in place?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Contract submitted for further training of the auditors

      • Does the scheme owner require that there are repercussions such as probation or suspension for the misconduct or poor performance of CAB personnel?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Accreditation / Oversight
      0/3
      • Does the scheme require a documented accreditation or oversight mechanism?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly available (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require ISO 17011 compliance for ABs?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Is the accreditation or oversight body independent from the scheme owner?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • How often do assurance providers undergo a full accreditation or oversight assessment?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • <1 year (2 points)
        • 1 year (2 points)
        • 2-3 years (2 points)
        • 4-5 years (1 point)
        • >5 years (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Is the frequency of an accreditation or oversight assessment based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner ensure that all CABs are free to apply to operate under the scheme, irrespective of their country of residence, size and of the existing number of providers already operating under the scheme?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner accept CABs that are accredited/accepted by ABs to similar or generic scopes (proxy accreditation)?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Yes assess scheme-specific competence (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to have a documented complaints mechanism in place for compliance decisions?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to have a procedure in place for how CABs are required to address non-conformities using a corrective action process?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to make summary accreditation/oversight reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) available?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner ensure that the accreditation or oversight assessment includes an on-site assessment of the CAB?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner ensure that the accreditation or oversight process includes a review of the performance of CABs and auditors in the field?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
  • Claims & Traceability
    8/12
    • Traceability
      1/5
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented Chain of Custody standard or other traceability requirements?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly available (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Fair Stone Standard, 7th edition, Nov 2017 Part III: Fair Stone Social Standard for the Chain of Custody http://www.fairstone.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/05/170830_Fair-Stone-Standard_7th_Edition.pdf

      • Are there any CoC requirements for non-certified material, in case mixing of certified with uncertified inputs is allowed?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to verify that all enterprises within the chain maintain accurate and accessible records that allow any certified product or batch of products to be traceable from the point of sale to the buyer?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Are companies required to keep CoC records for at least the term of certificate validity?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme have a traceability system that enables checking of product flow between links of the supply chain?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Claims & Labelling
      7/7
      • Does the scheme owner make documented requirements governing the use of symbols, logos and claims available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • Do claims and labelling requirements ensure that claims or logos clearly indicate to what they apply?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        http://en.fairstone.org/fair-stone/fraudulent-usage/ document made available to GIZ: 20150130_Fair Stone_AGB

      • Do claims requirements specify the types of claims that can be made for different types of CoC models, where the scheme owner allows for more than one model?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Are claims and label users required to use unique license numbers or other tracking mechanisms?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require surveillance of the accurate use of claims and labels in the market, including a complaints mechanism to report misuse?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme require different claims depending on the percentage of certified / verified content in a product?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • What is the minimum percentage of a certified / verified input in a single ingredient product for a claim to be allowed for that product?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • 0-49% (1 point)
        • 50-74% (1 point)
        • 75-94% (2 points)
        • 95-100% (2 points)
        • Not specified (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • What is the minimum percentage of certified / verified material in a composite product for a claim to be allowed for that product?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • 0-20% (1 point)
        • 21-50% (1 point)
        • 51-74% (2 points)
        • 75-100% (2 points)
        • Not specified (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Is the label accompanied by an explanatory text claim or a link to further information?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        QR code on the label

      • Does the scheme have a procedure that defines specific consequences of misuse of claims?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

En­vir­on­ment 52%

  • Reducing Energy Consumption (Production Phase)
  • Land rehabilitation
  • Permits
  • Proper handling of chemicals
  • Reduction of water consumption (production phase)
  • Waste management (production phase)
  • Criteria on Air Pollution
  • Criteria on noise emission
  • Compliance with nvironmental laws and regulations
  • Chemicals
    1/3
    • Chemical Use
      0/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on chemical use?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
    • Handling of Chemicals
      1/1
      • Does the standard include criteria on proper handling of chemicals by qualified personnel?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        11.1 The employer shall identify hazardous substances at the workplaces and check if less hazardous substances are available. 11.2 In case of the use of hazardous substances the exposure of the workers has to be minimized. 11.3 Operating instructions for handling hazardous substances must be available 11.4 It is forbidden, to fill hazardous substances or chemicals in drinking bottles. 11.5 Poisonous, corrosive, suffocating, flammable, or explosive substances must be stored separately and safely. 11.6 The handling and proper storage of hazardous substances is only done by qualified personnel. Basic information is presented to all employees during the regular workshops.

        Referenzdokumente:

        Part II: Fair Stone Social Standard for Stone Processing Factories 11. Hazardous Substances

  • Biodiversity & Ecosystems
    2/5
    • Ecosystem Values and Functions
      2/5
      • Does the standard have requirements to respect legally protected and internationally recognized areas?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        27.6 National and regional obligations concerning environmental protection and biodiversity have to be respected. Furthermore, areas which have been identified to contain any of the six high conservation values (HCVs), as defined by the HCV resource network, cannot be registered and certified.

        Referenzdokumente:

        27. Intervention into Nature P. 22

      • Does the scheme include criteria for the monitoring and protection of High Conservation Value Areas?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on rehabilitation of expended areas to reactivate them as an ecosystem?
        Answer: Basic: Requirement for rehabilitation plan
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Requirement for rehabilitation plan (1 point)
        • Advanced: Plan and obliged reserve fund for rehabilitation (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        27.1 A Quarry Rehabilitation Plan must be prepared. It should contain (a) a description of the land use and natural habitats before the quarry opened, (b) environmental mitigation measures during quarry operations and (c) plans for the rehabilitation of the production site.

        Referenzdokumente:

        Part I: Fair Stone Social Standard for Quarries 27. Intervention into Nature

      • Does the standard require a biodiversity management plan to continuously manage impacts during the extraction phase?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Water
    1/5
    • Water use
      1/3
      • Does the standard include criteria on water consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: -
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Monitor volumes of water consumption over time (1 point)
        • Advanced: Monitor water volumes & increase efficiency (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        29.2 The company must take appropriate measures to ensure economical use of electrical energy and water. All staff must know how to save energy and water.

        Referenzdokumente:

        29. Energy and Water Consumption

      • Does the standard include criteria on reusing/recycling or harvesting water?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        "A sewage plant is operating and provides recycling of water"

        Referenzdokumente:

        Auditor's Manual, p. 15

    • Impacts on Water Resources
      0/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on impacts on the water levels of surface and/or ground water?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the quality of surface and/or ground water?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Energy and Climate
    1/2
    • Climate Change Mitigation
      1/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on energy consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: Basic: Monitor energy consumption over time
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Monitor energy consumption over time (1 point)
        • Advanced: Increase efficiency OR increase use of renewables (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        "29.2 The company must take appropriate measures to ensure economical use of electrical energy and water. All staff must know how to save energy and water. 29.4 Use only energy-efficient equipment and lighting systems. 29.5 Machinery and equipment must be maintained regularly to stay energy efficient."

        Referenzdokumente:

        29. Energy and Water Consumption

  • Waste and Air Pollution
    7/7
    • Waste Management
      3/3
      • Does the standard include criteria on measures to reduce waste?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        28.1 A study on how to reduce and recycle waste must be undertaken and documented. 28.2 Minimise production of waste, use all possibilities of waste separation or recycling and ensure the responsible disposal based on principles of sustainability.

        Referenzdokumente:

        Part II: Fair Stone Social Standard for Stone Processing Factories 28. waste Management

      • Does the standard include criteria on re-using or recycling waste on-site?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        28.1 A study on how to reduce and recycle waste must be undertaken and documented. 28.2 Minimise production of waste, use all possibilities of waste separation or recycling and ensure the responsible disposal based on principles of sustainability.

        Referenzdokumente:

        28. Waste Management

      • Does the standard include criteria on waste management in the production phase?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        28.3 Used cleaning rags are collected in flame-resistant containers with a lid. 28.4 Waste must be disposed of at regular intervals. 28.5 Combustible waste, debris, and rubble must be collected and promptly removed from the workplace.

        Referenzdokumente:

        28. Waste Management P. 22

    • Air pollution (excl. GHG) and Emission
      4/4
      • Does the standard include criteria on air pollution?
        Answer: Advanced: Filtering systems or processing technology
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Monitor emissions over time (1 point)
        • Advanced: Filtering systems or processing technology (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        9.2 Introduce technical measures such as wet processing or dust extraction and take organisational measures e.g. segregate areas with a higher level of concentration from those with a lower level, minimize periods/levels of exposure. 9.3 Dry dust shall be extracted by vacuum dust collectors wherever possible.

        Referenzdokumente:

        9. Silica Dust and Mineral Dust

      • Does the standard include criteria on noise emissions from the production site?
        Answer: Advanced: Reduce noise
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Monitor noise levels over time (1 point)
        • Advanced: Reduce noise (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        10.2 Introduce technical measures such as low noise blades for circular saws and noise absorbers or take organisational steps e.g. segregate areas with a higher noise level from those with a lower level, minimize periods/levels of exposure.

        Referenzdokumente:

        10. Noise and Vibration

  • Environmental Management
    1/3
    • Does the standard include a general criterion on compliance with all relevant local, regional and national environmental laws and regulations?
      Answer: Yes
      Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • Yes (1 point)

      Excerpt from standard:

      27.6 National and regional obligations concerning environmental protection and biodiversity have to be respected. Furthermore, areas which have been identified to contain any of the six high conservation values (HCVs), as defined by the HCV resource network, cannot be registered and certified.

      Referenzdokumente:

      P. 22

    • Does the standard include criteria to ensure that relevant and up-to-date permits are held (such as water use rights or land use titles)?
      Answer: Yes No
      Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
      Score: 0/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • Yes (1 point)

      Excerpt from standard:

      20.1 The company respects all applicable national laws and regulations and the company ensures that all relevant and up-to-date permits are held.

      Referenzdokumente:

      Part I: Fair Stone Social Standard for Quarries 20. Compliance with National Laws and Regulations p. 19

    • Does the standard include criteria on assessing the environmental risks and impacts of production/operations prior to any significant intensification or expansion of business operations/cultivation and infrastructure?
      Answer: No
      Degree of Obligation: Not covered
      Score: 0/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • Yes (1 point)

So­cio-E­co­nom­ic 71%

  • Freedom of Association
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Non-Discrimination
  • Legal Minimum Wage
  • Minimization of mineral dust
  • Protective Equipment
  • Core Labour Standards along the Supply Chain
  • Prohibition of Forced Labour
  • Minimum Age / ILO 138
  • Prohibition of the worst forms of child labour / ILO 182
  • Equal Remuneration / ILO 100
  • Provision of Social Benefits
  • Social and Cultural Rights and Community Engagement
    1/3
    • Social and Cultural Rights
      1/3
      • Does the standard include criteria on dispute resolution mechanisms for affected communities?
        Answer: Basic: The standard has to require a grievance mechanism for affected communities
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: The standard has to require a grievance mechanism for affected communities (1 point)
        • Advanced: The standard provides fair compensation for negative impacts of operations on local communities and individuals (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        25.4 Fair Stone Grievance Coordinators are also responsible for local community complaints. Understanding resource conflicts and threats to the livelihood of the local population due to possible negative impacts of raw materials extraction, processing or manufacturing of products are important in order to moderate these conflicts similarly to worker complaints. 25.5 Whenever possible, discussions with local community organizations, elected bodies, local press, trade unions, civil society organizations and government departments are to be integrated into field trips to ensure a comprehensive picture.

        Referenzdokumente:

        P. 21

      • Does the standard include criteria on the protection of local historical, archaeological, cultural, and spiritual properties and sites?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Labour Rights and Working Conditions
    35/45
    • ILO Core Conventions
      8/9
      • Does the standard require compliance with (at least) all ILO core labour standards for different suppliers along the supply chain?
        Answer: Basic: main tier 1 suppliers
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: main tier 1 suppliers (1 point)
        • Advanced: all tier 1 suppliers (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        I. WiN=WiN Fair Stone WiN=WiN Fair Stone certification scheme is a step by step process in a timeframe of 36 months to implement the Fair Stone Standard. Partners are working closely together with their exporters; Fair Stone supports the effort of both. First steps are the signing of cooperation contract, payment of fees and the submission of a signed copy of the agreement of their suppliers stating compliance with (a) all ILO Core Labour Conventions and (b) committing to improve working conditions in the premises. After these three years suppliers are subject to independent auditing and certification. If they do not meet the standard a re-audit is possible during the fourth year from Month 36 – 42 before revocation of the Fair Stone Certificate. WiN=WiN Fair Stone covers a wide range of social/labor aspects, such as non-discrimination, minimum wage, occupational safety and health, capacity building for employees, risk assessment of hazards, accident insurance for workers to name a few . Environmental aspects are required to a lesser extent but encompass points such as waste management, resource efficiency, effluent treatment and storage of chemicals.

        Referenzdokumente:

        WiN=WiN Fair Stone P.3

      • Does the standard include criteria on freedom of association and the right to organize as described in ILO 87?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The employer shall allow the workers to organise collective meetings and to assemble together with the aim of addressing issues of common concern (cf. ILO Convention 87 & 98).

        Referenzdokumente:

        Labour Issues and ILO Conventions P. 19

      • Does the standard include criteria on the right to collective bargaining, as laid down by ILO 98?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The employer shall allow the workers to organise collective meetings and to assemble together with the aim of addressing issues of common concern (cf. ILO Convention 87 & 98).

        Referenzdokumente:

        Labour Issues and ILO Conventions P. 19

      • Does the standard prohibit forced and compulsory labour as defined in ILO 29 and ILO 105?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The company does not make use of forced, including bonded, labour (cf. ILO Convention 29 & 105).

        Referenzdokumente:

        Labour Issues and ILO Conventions P. 19

      • Does the standard include criteria on the prohibition of child labour as defined under ILO 138?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The company does not make use of exploitive child labour (cf. ILO Convention 138 & 182).

        Referenzdokumente:

        Standdarddokument, P. 19

      • Does the standard cover requirements on the prohibition of the worst forms of child labour as defined under ILO 182?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The company does not make use of exploitive child labour (cf. ILO Convention 138 & 182).

        Referenzdokumente:

        P. 19

      • Does the standard address the payment of equal wages as defined in ILO 100?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        No discrimination shall be tolerated in hiring and remuneration (cf. ILO Convention 100 & 111).

        Referenzdokumente:

        P.19

      • Does the standard include criteria on the non-discrimination in the workplace, as defined in ILO 111?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        No discrimination shall be tolerated in hiring and remuneration (cf. ILO Convention 100 & 111).

        Referenzdokumente:

        Labour Issues and ILO Conventions p. 19

    • Labour Rights
      13/20
      • Voluntary Labour
        1/2
        • Does the standard prohibit the withholding of workers' documents?
          Answer: Advanced: must prohibit the withholding of workers' documents
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: -
          • Advanced: must prohibit the withholding of workers' documents (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          22.5 Employees are free to leave their workplace once their workday is finished. Relevant documents of workers/employees are not withheld by the management (i.e. in order to make them unable to leave).

          Referenzdokumente:

          P. 20

        • Does the standard include criteria on the freedom of movemenent of employees?
          Answer: -
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: -
          • Advanced: Must not restrict freedom of movement (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          22.5 Employees are free to leave their workplace once their workday is finished. Relevant documents of workers/employees are not withheld by the management (i.e. in order to make them unable to leave).

          Referenzdokumente:

          P. 20

      • Child Labour
        1/1
        • Does the standard require verification and documentation of age of (young) workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          24.4 Prior to any employment, an age verification system ensures that the age of workers is correctly verified and documented.

          Referenzdokumente:

          P. 21

      • Gender
        2/2
        • Does the standard include criteria on the right to maternity leave (as defined in ILO 183)?
          Answer: Advanced: Full compliance
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Partial compliance (1 point)
          • Advanced: Full compliance (2 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          26.1 On production of a medical certificate stating the presumed date of childbirth, female workers shall be entitled to a period of maternity leave of not less than 14 week (cf. ILO 183)

          Referenzdokumente:

          p. 21

      • Wages and Benefits
        6/8
        • Does the standard require paying wages sufficient to meet basic needs of the worker and his or her family (living wage)?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard require paying legal minimum wages?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          23.1 Wages paid to labourers by the employing unit shall not be lower than the local minimum wages. Equal remuneration for men and women workers for work of equal value is ensured (cf. ILO Convention 100).

          Referenzdokumente:

          P. 20

        • Does the standard require the provision of social benefits?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          24.1 Employer must register all employees with social security and pay social security contributions. 24.2 The company shall keep a register for all employees recording the length of service, wage and social security contribution to old age, unemployment, and work-related injuries.

          Referenzdokumente:

          Part II: Fair Stone Social Standard for Stone Processing Factories 24. Social Insurance

        • Does the standard require compensating overtime?
          Answer: Basic: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Yes (1 point)
          • Advanced: Yes and overtime is paid at a rate of at least 125% of the regular income (2 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          23.7 All overtime is paid at least according to national law or sector agreements. / 22.1 Employees shall not be required to work in excess of the maximum working hours defined by national law or ILO regulations, whichever is the more stringent one. As a rule of thumb, regular weekly working hours do not exceed 48 hours per week. (cf. ILO Convention 1)

          Referenzdokumente:

          Standarddokument, S. 20

        • Does the standard require paid leave?
          Answer: Advanced: Two out of three (casual/sick/annual leave)
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: -
          • Advanced: Two out of three (casual/sick/annual leave) (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          22.3 Employees shall enjoy paid holidays according to the State regulations such as public holidays, annual leave, home leave, marriage and funeral leave and maternity leave.

          Referenzdokumente:

          P. 20

        • Does the standard require wages being paid in a timely, regular and convenient manner understood by all employees?
          Answer: Advanced: Yes, all measures are in place
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Yes, some measures are in place (1 point)
          • Advanced: Yes, all measures are in place (2 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          23.2 The company ensures that payments are made regularly and in a timely manner and are properly documented.

          Referenzdokumente:

          p. 20

      • Working Hours
        0/2
        • Does the standard include criteria on working hours, rest days or overtime?
          Answer: -
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 0/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Requirement to include criteria on working hours, rest days or overtime / voluntary extra work at least according to national law or industry specific minimum standards (1 point)
          • Advanced: Standard requirements comply with ILO 1 requirements (2 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          22.1 Employees shall not be required to work in excess of the maximum working hours defined by national law or ILO regulations, whichever is the more stringent one. As a rule of thumb, regular weekly working hours do not exceed 48 hours per week. (cf. ILO Convention 1)

          Referenzdokumente:

          p. 20

      • Scope of Labour Rights
        2/3
        • Do worker's rights and benefits set out by the standard apply to all forms of work?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Labour Issues and ILO Conventions The issues listed here relate to working conditions applicable to the personnel employed by companies active in the natural stone sector, including casual, seasonal, migrant, subcontracted and permanent employees.

          Referenzdokumente:

          Labour Issues and ILO Conventions p.18

        • Do the standard's rights and benefits for workers also apply to sub-contracted labour?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          20.2 Local and migrant, seasonal and permanent employees receive equivalent benefits and employment conditions for equal work performed.

          Referenzdokumente:

          Part II: Fair Stone Social Standard for Stone Processing Factories

        • Does the standard include criteria on the establishment of labour contracts compliant with national legal requirements?
          Answer: Yes No
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          21.1 All employees must have a legally binding written contract of employment (in local language) signed by employee and employer including  description of the work  hours of work  amount of pay and overtime rate  any deductions  holidays  notice period

          Referenzdokumente:

          Standdarddokument, S. 19

      • Other Labour Rights
        1/2
        • Does the standard include requirements to inform workers about their labour rights?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          4.1 Regular training of managers and master craftsmen on general duties, OSH-principles, responsibilities, sufficient knowledge, social competence and motivation measures is required.

          Referenzdokumente:

          Part II: Fair Stone Social Standard for Stone Processing Factories 4. Training and Instruction

        • Does the standard include requirements on setting up policies or procedures to manage basic labour rights in the workplace?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
    • Health and Safety
      14/16
      • Occupational Health and Safety
        12/14
        • Does the standard prohibit harassment or abuse of workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          The company does not withhold identity documents, part of personnel’s salary, benefits. The company does not use corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion and verbal abuse to force employees to work or stay with the company. Employees are free to leave the employer after reasonable notice.

          Referenzdokumente:

          Prohibition of Forced Labour

        • Does the standard require training of workers on health and safety issues?
          Answer: Advanced: Systematic
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: -
          • Advanced: Systematic (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          4.1 Regular training of managers and master craftsmen on general duties, OSH-principles, individual responsibilities, social competence and motivation techniques is required. 4.2 Each new worker shall receive initial training. This training shall include health and safety aspects (i.e. use of PPE [Personal Protective Equipment]), safe operating procedures and practices for work tasks, safe handling of equipment and machinery, proper handling and storage of hazardous substances.

          Referenzdokumente:

          P. 12

        • Does the standard include requirements on workplace conditions?
          Answer: -
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Some requirements on proper workplace environment. (1 point)
          • Advanced: -

          Excerpt from standard:

          Noise measurements should be used to identify the areas with noise risks […] Workers should be informed about the risks of noise and vibration as well as suitable prevention measures in order to create awareness. "Workplaces and work processes should be designed in such a way as to avoid health risks from repetitive movements, unhealthy working postures, lifting or carrying heavy loads. [...] Workers should be trained in ergonomic work techniques." (p.12) "Workplaces and walkways should always be well lit." (p.20)

          Referenzdokumente:

          P:15

        • Does the standard require policies and procedures to manage health and safety in the workplace?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) The management of the quarry and the factory shall provide a safe and healthy workplace environment and shall take effective steps to prevent work-related accidents, occupational hazards and injury to workers’ health. Major risks in quarries are falling rocks, overburdens, accidental detonations before, during and after blasting; removal and transport of rock piles, accidents with drilling equipment, heavy machinery and trucks or other movable equipment. Typical risks in factories are noise and dust pollution, flying fragments, falling and tipping parts, accidents when handling forklifts during transport and loading work (cf. ILO Convention 155).

          Referenzdokumente:

          P:11

        • Does the standard include requirements on protective equipment for the employees?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          7. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulations and procedures must be established and followed regarding occupational health and safety, especially the provision and use of personal protective equipment. The company shall provide at its own expense appropriate personal protective equipment to personnel wherever it is necessary:  Safety helmets  Hearing protection  Dust mask for silica dust  Suitable protective gloves  Safety shoes  Safety glasses  High visible cloths  If necessary: water proof clothing

          Referenzdokumente:

          P. 13

        • Does the standard include requirements on minimization of exposure to silica and other mineral dust?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          9.1 The employer shall take all possible measures in order to eliminate exposure or reduce the concentration of silica dust in the workplace. 9.2 Introduce technical measures such as wet processing or dust extraction and take organisational measures e.g. segregate areas with a higher level of concentration from those with a lower level, minimize periods/levels of exposure.

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          P. 15

        • Does the standard include requirements on averting of danger?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Subchapters 12 and 13 on pages 16

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          P. 16

        • Does the standard include criteria on the access to basic medical services for workers?
          Answer: Basic: Only treatment of acute work-related accidents/ illness
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Only treatment of acute work-related accidents/ illness (1 point)
          • Advanced: Work-related accidents plus preventative care (2 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          6. First Aid and Fire Prevention The company must elaborate emergency procedures and make them known to all personnel. First Aid posters, first aid instructions (telephone numbers of fire brigade, physician, hospital, ambulance), emergency plans must be displayed in the workplace. In the event of a work related injury the company shall provide first aid and assist the worker in obtaining follow-up medical treatment.

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          P:!"

        • Does the standard require compensation payments/ covering of costs in case of work related accidents and injuries?
          Answer: Advanced: Full coverage of costs
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Partial coverage of costs (1 point)
          • Advanced: Full coverage of costs (2 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          24.1 Employer must register all employees with social security and pay social security contributions. 24.2 The company shall keep a register for all employees recording the length of service, wage and social security contribution to old age, unemployment, and work-related injuries. Part I WiN=WiN Fair Stone Part II Fair Stone BASIC Fair Stone Standard, 8th edition May 2020 Fair Stone e.V. 21 24.3 Employer shall provide insurance coverage against accident for each worker where social security does not exist.

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          P. 20

        • Does the standard require that workers have access to safe drinking water?
          Answer: Basic: Drinking water is available
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Drinking water is available (1 point)
          • Advanced: -

          Excerpt from standard:

          17.2 Drinking water (in potable quality) for workers must be available at all times.

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          P. 18

        • Does the standard require safe and appropriate housing for workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          17.1 If accommodation is provided it should be separated from the production area and reasonable levels of decency, hygiene and comfort should be maintained, according to local customs.

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          P. 18

        • Does the standard require access to clean and improved sanitation facilities?
          Answer: Basic: Sanitation facilities are available
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Sanitation facilities are available (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          17.5 Sanitation facilities need to be provided by the employer and cleaned regularly to ensure that no health/infection risks result for the workers. If both genders are employed, separate sanitation facilities need to exist.

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          p. 18

      • Building and Fire Safety
        2/2
        • Does the standard include criteria on building safety?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          8.1 Overall working environment and building safety Working environment should be safe and controlled so that no worker needs to fear fires, building collapses, or other accidents that could be prevented with reasonable health and safety measures. 8.7 The working environment should be safe and controlled so that no worker needs to fear fires, building collapses, or other accidents that could be prevented with reasonable health and safety measures. The structural integrity of production halls has to be ensured. 8.8 Floors, platforms and stairways shall be plane and of robust construction.

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          P: 14

        • Does the standard include criteria on evacuation safety and emergency management plan?
          Answer: Advanced: An emergency management plan exists
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: -
          • Advanced: An emergency management plan exists (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          6. First Aid and Fire Prevention The company must elaborate emergency procedures and make them known to all personnel. First Aid posters, first aid instructions (telephone numbers of fire brigade, physician, hospital, ambulance), emergency plans must be displayed in the workplace. In the event of a work related injury the company shall provide first aid and assist the worker in obtaining follow-up medical treatment.

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          P. 12

  • Business Practice and Ethical Issues
    3/5
    • Economic Development and Fair Business Practice
      1/2
      • Legality
        1/2
        • Does the standard include criteria on business legality?
          Answer: -
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: -
          • Advanced: The scheme assesses business legality for certificate holders, e.g. checking all permits that are required by law (national, regional, local) within a due diligence process. (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          20. Compliance with National Laws and Regulations 20.1 The company respects all applicable national laws and regulations and the company ensures that all relevant and up-to-date permits are held.

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          P. 19

        • Does the standard include a requirement for compliance with relevant local, regional and national laws and regulations?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          20. Compliance with National Laws and Regulations 20.1 The company respects all applicable national laws and regulations and the company ensures that all relevant and up-to-date permits are held.

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          P. 19

    • Corruption and Bribery
      2/3
      • Does the standard include criteria on the prevention of corruption and bribery?
        Answer: Basic: Corruption and bribery is prohibited
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Corruption and bribery is prohibited (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        20.4 Workers in positions of responsibility are made aware of the negative effects of corruption and bribery and are also trained about corruption prevention. During worker interviews, feedback/oral evidence about corruption and bribery is to be verified in cases of reasonable suspicion.

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        P. 19

      • Does the standard include criteria on conducting a due diligence assessment of business partners, including subsidiaries and contractors?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on training workers in positions of responsibility workers on issues of corruption and bribery?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        20.4 Workers in positions of responsibility are made aware of the negative effects of corruption and bribery and are also trained about corruption prevention. During worker interviews, feedback/oral evidence about corruption and bribery is to be verified in cases of reasonable suspicion.

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        Standarddokument, S. 19

  • Company Responsibility
    0/2
    • Impact Assessment
      0/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on assessing the impacts of operations on human rights?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

Which lifecycle phases are covered by the standard?

Raw materials extraction and production

Extraction of natural stones in quarries

Manufacturing

Processing of natural stones (cutting, polishing and finishing) in manufacturing facilities

Transportation / distribution

Transport routes from one production stage to the next and to the end consumer

Products use and consumption

Usage of natural stones, e.g. as gravestones or paving stones

End-of-life

Professional disposal of natural stones or return to the cycle (recycling)