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Cred­ib­il­ity

En­vir­on­ment

So­cio-E­co­nom­ic

  • Aim/Focus
  • Standard organisation
  • Good to know
XertifiX regularly reviews factories and quarries in India, China and Vietnam to ensure that the standard criteria are met: the standard includes the ILO's core labor agreements, including the prohibition of child labor and slavery, better protection of the health and safety of adult workers, fair Wages and working hours, environmental protection and legality. If the requirements are met, XertifiX issues certificates for the stones.
XertifiX is an NGO that fights for better working conditions and environmental protection in the Asian stone sector. XertifiX, based in Hanover, has around 50 members, an honorary board of directors and a full-time managing director. For the so-called "third-party audits", XertifiX commissions auditors in India, China and Vietnam to monitor the supply chains.
XertifiX label carries out unannounced third-party audits in Asian quarries and factories. XertifiX understands its audits not only as a "checking instrument", but also and above all as important, long-term building blocks for improving the working conditions of workers and environmental protection.

Cred­ib­il­ity 64%

  • 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
    10/21
    • Governance
      9/13
      • Does the scheme owner make its organisational structure available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • No (0 points)

        Source:

        http://www.xertifix.de/doc/satzung.pdf page 2/3 http://www.xertifix.de/wir/wer_wir_sind/ § 7 Organe des Vereins 1. Die Organe des Vereins sind a) der Vorstand b) die Mitgliederversammlung http://www.xertifix.de/siegel/wie_wir_arbeiten/

      • Is the scheme owner a legal entity, or an organization that is a partnership of legal entities, or a government or inter-governmental agency?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Is there a mechanism by which the top decision-making body members are accountable to all stakeholders?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Do the voting procedures of the top decision-making body ensure that there is a balanced representation of stakeholder interests, where no single interest predominates?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner make quantitative information on the income sources or financing structure of the scheme available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • No (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner have an internal quality management system available?
        Answer: Yes (on request)
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • No (0 points)

        Source:

        "Xertifix e.V. Satzung (public) Certification Manual (on request) How We Work (public, website) Monitoring & Evaluation System (on request)"

      • Is the scheme owner economically independent from the certificate holder?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner have sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner have a strategy for meeting its sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: Yes (on request)
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)

        Source:

        The M&E document lists "Indicators to achieve self-imposed Xertifix goals" (p. 4ff).

    • Impact
      1/5
      • Does the scheme owner have a system in place for measuring its impacts and progress towards its sustainability goals?
        Answer: Yes (on request)
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)

        Source:

        "Monitoring & Evaluation System (on request)"

      • Does the scheme owner use the results of monitoring and evaluation for learning and improvements to its programme?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner make sustainability results from M&E available?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/2
        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
    12/17
    • 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)

      Source:

      https://www.xertifix.de/der-xertifix-standard/ "http://www.xertifix.de/siegel/kriterien/ http://www.xertifix.de/siegel/ruckverfolgbarkeit/" "XertifiX-Kriterien Alle Akteure in Indien, China und Vietnam aus dem Bereich Natursteinabbau bzw. -handel, die am XertifiX-System beteiligt sind, verpflichten sich zur Einhaltung der XertifiX-Kriterien. Sie legen Aufträge gegenüber XertifiX e.V. im Produktionsland auf und akzeptieren neben den angekündigten internen Audits auch unangekündigte Kontrollen, die jederzeit stattfinden können. Bei allen Inspektionen wird auf folgende Kriterien kontrolliert:"

    • 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)

      Source:

      The XertifiX-Standard (3rd edition) https://www.xertifix.de/der-xertifix-standard-2/?lang=en

    • Are the standard-setting procedures or a public summary of how stakeholders can engage made available?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 2/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)

      Source:

      https://www.xertifix.de/siegel/standard-setzungsprozess/xertifix-standard-revision-2/ Every interested person was invited to participate in the revision process: They had to send a short e-mail with the subject “Participation in the revision process” to info [at] xertifix.de. They then received the draft of the revised standard and were able to submit amendments to it by December 2017. [...] Binding decision on the standard by the decision-making body (members of the decision-making body: [...]

    • Which stakeholders can participate in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: All stakeholders
      Score: 2/2
      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)
    • Are draft standards field tested / piloted for relevance and auditability during the development process?
      Answer: No
      Score: 0/1
      Possible answers
      • Yes (1 point)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)

      Source:

    • 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:

      "Entscheidungsgremium (on request) Standard draft with comments 2017 (on request) Minutes of the meeting of decision-making body (on request)" "http://www.xertifix.de/en/siegel/kriterien/standard-setzungsprozess/ http://www.xertifix.de/pic/2012-04-06-Summary-of-the-feedback.pdf"

    • 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:

      https://www.xertifix.de/siegel/standardsetzungsprozess/xertifix-standard-revision-2/?lang=en Binding decision on the standard by the decision-making body (members of the decision-making body: toom Baumarkt GmbH, Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, a representative of a church aid organization, XertifiX e.V., XertifiX e.V.)

    • 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:

      https://www.xertifix.de/siegel/standardsetzungsprozess/?lang=en 2023 planned revision of the XertifiX standard

    • 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)

      Source:

      XertifiX Auditor’s Manual 2019 "Usage of the Manual The standard is set to help to improve the workers’ welfare, promote of the workers’ rights, and fulfil basic environmental protection. The audits have the purpose to assess the fulfilment of this standard accordingly. The manual will be used as a guide in the hands of the auditors and to pursue the audits in an unbiased and objective way."

    • 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)

      Source:

  • Assurance
    32/51
    • 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)

        Source:

        XertifiX Auditor’s Manual 2019 "Auditor's Manual provides clear methodology incl. Criteria, methods of measurement, exemplary audit results (poor/medium/good) and possible action plans. (2019) the auditors manual provides method for measurement for each of the standards criteria" Methods of Measurement * Direct Observation of child labour at the production site. * Interview with stake holders including local people about having seen any child labour. * Copies of age proofs of workers to be checked. * Unannounced inspections with special focus on child labour

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

        Source:

        quarry / factory control - report / plus summary of the report

      • Does the certificate or license define the scope of assurance?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        https://www.xertifix.de/siegel/how-we-work/?lang=en Scope of the Assurance System: XertifiX has developed a natural stone standard, last revised in 2018, which covers the fields of human rights, health and safe work places, fair employment, environmental protection, and business ethics. This standard has been broken down into 6 phases, which need to be fulfilled one after the other (Annex 1). That way, the XertifiX system ensures, that the approach is realistic and that every producer can fulfil the standard step-by-step. If the certification criteria are met in all quarries and processing units in a supply chain, XertifiX certifies the natural stones from that supply chain. The port of shipping and the traders (exporters and importers) are not audited themselves, unless this is required by some external requirements.

      • 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: Yes
        Score: 1/2
        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)

        Source:

        http://www.xertifix.de/siegel/kontrollen/ "Auditors in China and Vietnam: ICO Consulting Co., Ltd. Dr. Liu Kaiming and Mr. Xiao Xudong Institute of Contemporary Observation Add.: Room 315, Block 212, Terra Industrial Zone, Chegongmiao Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China Web: http://www.ico-china.org/home/index P. C.: 518040 Background information about ICO and about the director Dr. Liu The auditors of our partnerorganisation Institute of Contemporary Observation (ICO) has been trained by the Bureau Veritas S.A. "

      • Does the scheme owner review their assurance system on a periodic basis?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        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: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        Certification Manual (on request) If there are any changes in the XertifiX certification scheme, these changes are communicated in time to the licensees. In case of changes that require efforts on the supplier’s side to adapt to these changes, XertifiX gives the suppliers enough time (usually one year) to implement these changes. (p. 4)

      • Does the scheme owner allow partial certification by an enterprise, with requirements to increase the percentage of certified produce over time?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        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: yes available on request
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • yes publicly available (2 points)
        • yes available on request (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        XertifiX Auditor’s Manual 2019

    • Conformity Assessment
      15/22
      • 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:

          XertifiX Auditor’s Manual 2019 In the first place, each criteria of the standard is explained in more detail by indicators. For the assessment of the fulfilment of the criteria, there are given some possible methods of measurement. Finally, some action is proposed to remediate the non-fulfilment of the standard developed. This threefold step – explanation through indicators – methods of measurement – possible action plan – will be given for each criteria. XertifiX will keep updating the quality of the manual based on the auditors’ experience.

        • 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)

          Source:

          XertifiX Auditor’s Manual 2019

      • Sustainability Audits
        8/12
        • 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: 1 year or less
          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)

          Source:

          The controls are carried out in all Asian production sites at least once a year. In the supply chain, we control each quarry, where the raw material is degraded, at least once a year and similarly each processing plant. If the natural stones are processed in several factories (for example, machine processing and hand cut processing), all these factories, from which the licensee obtains its natural stones, need to be controlled. One audit per year must take place unannounced. (https://www.xertifix.de/siegel/auditors-controlls-certification-and-trainings/?lang=en). Compliance with the criteria must be proven by at least one audit per year (see above). If the criteria are not met in the first audit, this must be confirmed by a further audit (etc.). The ongoing fulfillment of the criteria once achieved is also verified. This means that the XertifiX certifications are only valid for one year. (https://www.xertifix.de/siegel/la/xertifix-standard-label/?lang=en).

        • 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: Required
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • Allowed (1 point)
          • Required (2 points)
          • Not allowed (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          The controls are carried out in all Asian production sites at least once a year. In the supply chain, we control each quarry, where the raw material is degraded, at least once a year and similarly each processing plant. If the natural stones are processed in several factories (for example, machine processing and hand cut processing), all these factories, from which the licensee obtains its natural stones, need to be controlled. One audit per year must take place unannounced. (https://www.xertifix.de/siegel/auditors-controlls-certification-and-trainings/?lang=en).

        • 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)

          Source:

          "XertifiX Auditor’s Manual 2019 xertifix factory control sheet xertifix quarry control sheet"

        • Are the people making the compliance decision different from those engaged in the audit process?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme allow for group certification or verification?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/1
          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
        4/6
        • 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: 3rd party
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • 1st party (1 point)
          • 2nd party (1 point)
          • 3rd party (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • What type of activities are CoC CABs required to undertake during a full CoC assessment?
          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)

          Source:

          "Xertifix Auditor's Manual 2019 xertifix factory control sheet xertifix quarry control sheet"

        • 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
        0/1
        • 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: No Information available
          Score: 0/1
          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:

        Manual lists qualification criteria and competencies of auditors. (p. 3) as well as Qualification Criteria and Competencies of XertifiX’ auditors (https://www.xertifix.de/siegel/how-we-work/?lang=en)

      • 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:

        Certification Manual (on request) "• XertifiX requires its auditors to participate and complete successfully at least one “Social Systems Lead Auditor” training course (minimum five training days and the content being based on any kind of recognized social standard). (p. 3) • Before a new auditor starts his/her work for XertifiX, this person gets on-site training with quarry and factory audits from a XertifiX representative."

      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete auditor training based on ISO 19011, or equivalent?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that new auditors have a probationary period where their competence in an audit is assessed or supervised?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Certification Manual (on request) XertifiX asks for a probationary period of 6 audits, where the new auditor is accompanied with a XertifiX representative or an experienced auditor who supervises the new auditor at the auditing process. (p. 3)

      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors are evaluated at least every 3 years?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • 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:

        Certification Manual (on request) On basis of this manual, a XertifiX representative gives the auditors at least every three years a theory training (half day) plus one on-site training in quarries and factories (two audits minimum). XertifiX expects their auditors to give feedback to XertifiX about new findings during the audits, so that they can be included into the auditor’s manual and/or the next XertifiX standard revision process. (p. 3)

      • Does the scheme owner require that there are repercussions such as probation or suspension for the misconduct or poor performance of CAB personnel?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Certification Manual (on request) • In case of misbehaviour of an auditor, the case will be investigated by the committee, which is also active in the XertifiX complaint mechanism. In case of a grave misconduct such as corruption the auditor will be released immediately from his/her job and cannot continue with his/her audit service for XertifiX. (p. 3)

    • 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
    11/13
    • Traceability
      4/6
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented Chain of Custody standard or other traceability requirements?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly available (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        https://www.xertifix.de/siegel/traceability/?lang=en Unsere zertifizierten Natursteine lassen sich vom Verkäufer in Deutschland bzw. Europa bis zum Steinbruch zurückverfolgen. Hierzu verwenden wir ein komplexes „Traceability-System“. Vereinfacht gesagt, verstehen wir unter Rückverfolgbarkeit ein umfassendes System von physischen Markierungen (Label) und Kontrolle von Dokumenten, durch die Quantitäten des Ein- und Verkaufs verglichen werdenMit Hilfe dieses Systems kann der Käufer / die Käuferin der Natursteine sicher sein, dass die Produktionsstätten der gekauften Steine tatsächlich kontrolliert wurden und die Standard-Kriterien dort erfüllt werden

      • Are there any CoC requirements for non-certified material, in case mixing of certified with uncertified inputs is allowed?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        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)

        Source:

        Xertifix Auditor's Manual 2019 CABs are required to verify records at the following stages: quarry, factory. CABs do not verify documents at the stage of the importer

      • Are companies required to keep CoC records for at least the term of certificate validity?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        https://www.xertifix.de/siegel/traceability/?lang=en The operator of the quarry documents the amount of stones delivered to the factory of the audited supply chain […] and makes sure that they are available at least one year after the audit. The operator of the factory keeps all delivery documents [...] [These] need to be accessible at least one year after the audit. [...] The importer stores the crate with certified natural stones that way, that the label can be checked by XertifiX at any time and be verified with the label list.

      • 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)

        Source:

        https://www.xertifix.de/siegel/traceability/?lang=en "Das Standard-Label wird vergeben, wenn folgende Anforderungen erfüllt werden: Alle ILO-Kernarbeitsnormen müssen eingehalten werden. Es müssen wenigstens die gesetzlichen Mindestlöhne gezahlt werden. Die Lieferkette muss bis zum Steinbruch rückverfolgbar sein. Die Arbeitsbedingungen müssen schrittweise (jährlich) verbessert werden. Die Verbesserungsschritte werden beim jährlichen angekündigten Audit jeweils verbindlich festgelegt. "

    • 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)
      • 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)

        Source:

        If the XertifiX seal is used fraudulently by importers or producers, who are not authorized, XertifiX provides an opportunity to submit an appeal against abuse, fraud, or non-certification to the owner of the standard, XertifiX Sozialprojekte e.V. https://www.xertifix.de/siegel/complaint-parent/complaint-mechanism/?lang=en

      • 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)

        Source:

        "http://www.xertifix.de/siegel/marken/nutzung-des-siegels/ http://www.xertifix.de/en/siegel/marken/nutzung-des-siegels/" "Usage of the Label In XertifiX natural stones are certified by the label XertifiX and not production sites such as quarries or stone processing factories. When the production sites of a supply chain of natural stones (quarries and processing factories) meet all the requirements, the natural stones of this supply chain are to be certified with the standard XertifiX label or the XertifiX PLUS label."

      • 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)

        Source:

        "http://www.xertifix.de/siegel/marken/nutzung-des-siegels/ http://www.xertifix.de/en/siegel/marken/nutzung-des-siegels/" "Usage of the Label In XertifiX natural stones are certified by the label XertifiX and not production sites such as quarries or stone processing factories. When the production sites of a supply chain of natural stones (quarries and processing factories) meet all the requirements, the natural stones of this supply chain are to be certified with the standard XertifiX label or the XertifiX PLUS label."

      • 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)
      • 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)

        Source:

        "http://www.xertifix.de/kinderarbeit/beschwerde-mechanismus/ http://www.xertifix.de/handel/lizenzgebuehr/ https://www.xertifix.de/siegel/complaint-parent/complaint-mechanism/?lang=en "Complaint Mechanism If the XertifiX seal is used fraudulently by importers or producers, who are not authorized or if a producer sees his application for certification unjustly refused, there is a complaint mechanism: XertifiX provides an opportunity to submit an appeal against abuse, fraud, or non-certification to the owner of the standard, XertifiX Sozialprojekte e.V. "


En­vir­on­ment 80%

  • 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
    2/3
    • Chemical Use
      1/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on chemical use?
        Answer: Basic: Document use of all chemicals
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Document use of all chemicals (1 point)
        • Advanced: Increase efficiency/reduce chemical use (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        "6. Hazardous materials (e.g. chemicals, fuels): Proper storage, use, and handling of hazardous materials (e.g. a list about origin and use of hazardous materials, labelling of hazardous materials, locked storage rooms, handling by qualified personnel)"

        Referenzdokumente:

        Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): IV.6.

    • Handling of Chemicals
      1/1
      • Does the standard include criteria on proper handling of chemicals by qualified personnel?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        "6. Hazardous materials (e.g. chemicals, fuels): Proper storage, use, and handling of hazardous materials (e.g. a list about origin and use of hazardous materials, labelling of hazardous materials, locked storage rooms, handling by qualified personnel)"

        Referenzdokumente:

        Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): IV.6.

  • Biodiversity & Ecosystems
    3/5
    • Ecosystem Values and Functions
      3/5
      • 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:

        b. Safeguard of legally protected and internationally recognized areas

        Referenzdokumente:

        Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): IV.1.

      • 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: Advanced: Plan and obliged reserve fund for rehabilitation
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Requirement for rehabilitation plan (1 point)
        • Advanced: Plan and obliged reserve fund for rehabilitation (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        "1. Ecosystem and protected areas a. Minimize the negative effects on the ecosystem according to the local law (e.g. by offsetting the residual net loss of biodiversity). Ensure adequate financial resources for this purpose."

        Referenzdokumente:

        Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): IV.1.

      • 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
    3/5
    • Water use
      3/3
      • Does the standard include criteria on water consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: Advanced: Monitor water volumes & increase efficiency
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Monitor volumes of water consumption over time (1 point)
        • Advanced: Monitor water volumes & increase efficiency (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        "4. Water Management: Develop and implement water management measures (incl. monitoring the water consumption; identifying the saving potential e.g. by water saving installations, the re-usage of water or the usage of rain water)"

        Referenzdokumente:

        Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): IV.4.

      • 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:

        "4. Water Management: Develop and implement water management measures (incl. monitoring the water consumption; identifying the saving potential e.g. by water saving installations, the re-usage of water or the usage of rain water)"

        Referenzdokumente:

        Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): IV.4.

    • 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
    2/2
    • Climate Change Mitigation
      2/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on energy consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: Advanced: Increase efficiency OR increase use of renewables
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Monitor energy consumption over time (1 point)
        • Advanced: Increase efficiency OR increase use of renewables (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        "5. Energy Management: Develop and implement energy management measures (e.g. by the replacement of old power consuming machines by newer power saving ones or other power saving equipment, and usage of renewable energy sources (RES))"

        Referenzdokumente:

        Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): IV.5.

  • 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:

        d. Recycling of material and/or re-use of materials (where applicable)

        Referenzdokumente:

        IV.3. Pollution and 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:

        d. Recycling of material and/or re-use of materials (where applicable)

        Referenzdokumente:

        Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): IV.3.

      • 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:

        "a. Segregation, proper storage, and disposal of all kind of waste according to the local law (e.g. quarry waste, hazardous waste, waste water, waste water slurry, sludges, chemical containers, glass, plastics etc.). Where applicable, official documents for the disposal of the waste (e.g. disposal of sludges)."

        Referenzdokumente:

        Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): IV.3.

    • 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:

        "c. Reduction of air pollution according to the local law (e.g. by filtering mechanisms)"

        Referenzdokumente:

        Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): IV.3.

      • 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:

        "b. Reduction of noise emission according to the local law (e.g. by setting limits to rock blasting times)."

        Referenzdokumente:

        Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): IV.3.

  • Environmental Management
    3/3
    • 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:

      "a. Minimize the negative effects on the ecosystem according to the local law (e.g. by offsetting the residual net loss of biodiversity). Ensure adequate financial resources for this purpose."

      Referenzdokumente:

      Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): IV.1.

    • 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
      Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • Yes (1 point)

      Excerpt from standard:

      "7. Laws: Availability of all relevant official environmental documents and permits (e.g. water use and land use titles)."

      Referenzdokumente:

      Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): IV.7.

    • 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: Yes
      Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • Yes (1 point)

      Excerpt from standard:

      "b. The environmental impact must be evaluated by the producer. In case of detected potential environmental risks or negative impacts: the company documents these effects and develops a plan of concrete mitigation measures. Ensure monitoring that the mitigative measures are effective."

      Referenzdokumente:

      Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): IV.2.


So­cio-E­co­nom­ic 60%

  • 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:

        "1. Installation of a grievance mechanisms for affected communities (e.g. a system for reporting, assessing, and addressing complaints and claims by affected parties in the region where the economic activity is taking place.)"

        Referenzdokumente:

        Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): V.1.

      • 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
    31/45
    • 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: Immediately
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: main tier 1 suppliers (1 point)
        • Advanced: all tier 1 suppliers (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        XertifiX compulsory criteria include: Compliance with ILO core labor standards

      • 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:

        a.Workers have the right to organise or join unions and to bargain collectively; b.The Employees have the right to name or elect one or more representatives.

        Referenzdokumente:

        I. ILO Core Labour Conventions 3. Labour Union Access and Collective Bargaining (ILO Conventions No. 87 and No. 98)

      • 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:

        a.Workers have the right to organise or join unions and to bargain collectively; b.The Employees have the right to name or elect one or more representatives.

        Referenzdokumente:

        I. ILO Core Labour Conventions 3. Labour Union Access and Collective Bargaining (ILO Conventions No. 87 and No. 98)

      • 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:

        a. Employees are allowed to leave the workplace when they finish their working day; b. The employment of workers is not connected to human trafficking; c. No use, attempted or threatened use of physical force against the employees.

        Referenzdokumente:

        I. ILO Core Labour Conventions 2. No Bonded Labour (ILO Conventions No. 29 and No. 105)

      • 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:

        a. Children below 15 years are not allowed to work (ILO Conventions 138). b. If children below 15 years are found, they have to be released from their work immediately and it has to be ensured, that their families have sufficient financial means to send their children to school. c. Teenagers (between 14 and 18 years) are not allowed to do hazardous work (ILO Convention 182)

        Referenzdokumente:

        ILO Core Labour Conventions. 1. No Child Labour (ILO conventions 138 and 182) (p.9)

      • 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:

        a .Children below 15 years are not allowed to work (ILO Conventions 138). b .If children below 15 years are found, they have to be released from their work immediately and it has to be ensured, that their families have sufficient financial means to send their children to school. c.Teenagers (between 14 and 18 years) are not allowed to do hazardous work (ILO Convention 182).

        Referenzdokumente:

        ILO Core Labour Conventions, 1. No Child Labour (ILO Conventions 138 and 182)

      • 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:

        a. No discrimination due to factors such as race, ethnicity, nationality, class, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or health status or due to any other factor that could be used to discriminate. i. In reference to employment, payment, or job promotion. ii. In reference to any kind of practices that could result from one the mentioned factors.

        Referenzdokumente:

        ILO Core Labour Conventions, 4 No Discrimination (ILO Conventions 100 and 111)

      • 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:

        a. No discrimination due to factors such as race, ethnicity, nationality, class, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or health status or due to any other factor that could be used to discriminate. i. in reference to employment, payment, or job promotion. ii. in reference to any kind of practices that could result from one the mentioned factors.

        Referenzdokumente:

        I. ILO Core Labour Conventions 4. No Discrimination (ILO Conventions No. 100 and No. 111)

    • Labour Rights
      12/20
      • Voluntary Labour
        2/2
        • Does the standard prohibit the withholding of workers' documents?
          Answer: Advanced: must prohibit the withholding of workers' documents
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: -
          • Advanced: must prohibit the withholding of workers' documents (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          "No forms of pressure intended to make employees dependent from employer such as: Withhold workers’ official documents (i.e. ID, passports), payments and deposits, no unfair loans or other forms of economic pressure."

          Referenzdokumente:

          Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): I.2.

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

          Excerpt from standard:

          a. Employees are allowed to leave the workplace when they finish their working day;

          Referenzdokumente:

          ILO Core Labour Conventions, 2. No Bonded Labour (ILO Conventions 29 and 105)

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

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Employers are held to keep records of all workers including birthdays (keep copies of the age verification)"

          Referenzdokumente:

          Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): I.1.

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

          Excerpt from standard:

          i. Less work for pregnant women and special leave at pre and post-delivery according to local law.

          Referenzdokumente:

          Contractual Issues, d.Women’s Rights: Compliance with all gender guidelines (p.11)

      • 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: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Fair Labour Conditions: Payment: […] ii. Payment of living wage, if the minimum wage is below the living wage (the wage to satisfy basic needs and earn a small income) (ILO Convention 131)" (p.10)

          Referenzdokumente:

          Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): III.2.

        • 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:

          Payment of minimum wage according to the local law.

          Referenzdokumente:

          Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): III.2.

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

          Excerpt from standard:

          f. Payment of social insurance according to the local law (e.g. „Employees State Insurance“ / „Provident Fund“ or “Pension Insurance”/ ”Medical Insurance” etc.)

          Referenzdokumente:

          III. Contractual Issues 2. Fair Payment

        • Does the standard require compensating overtime?
          Answer: Advanced: Yes and overtime is paid at a rate of at least 125% of the regular income
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 2/2
          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:

          "a. Working hours maximum 8h per day and maximum working hours per week according to the local law, but not more than 48h (ILO Convention 1) b. At least one day off after 6 working days c. Overtime work is voluntary and must be paid higher than regular work (ILO Recommendation R116); it shall not exceed 12h per week."

          Referenzdokumente:

          III. Contractual Issues 3. Fair Working Hours

        • Does the standard require paid leave?
          Answer: -
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: -
          • Advanced: Two out of three (casual/sick/annual leave) (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          d. Paid annual leave and paid leave in case of sickness according to the local law

          Referenzdokumente:

          Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): III.2.

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

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Fair Labour Conditions:payment: […] iii. Punctual Payment according to the contract" (p.10)

          Referenzdokumente:

          Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): III.2.

      • Working Hours
        0/2
        • Does the standard include criteria on working hours, rest days or overtime?
          Answer: -
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          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:

          "Fair Labour Conditions: Working Hours: i. Working hours maximum 8h per day and maximum working hours per week according to the local law, but nor more than 48 h (ILO Convention 1), ii. At least one day off after 6 working days, iii. Overtime work is voluntary and must be paid at higher rates than rates than regular work (ILO Recommendation R116); it shall not exceed 12 h per week" (p.11)

          Referenzdokumente:

          Contractual Issues, c. Fair Labour Conditions: Working Hours (p.11)

      • Scope of Labour Rights
        1/3
        • Do worker's rights and benefits set out by the standard apply to all forms of work?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Do the standard's rights and benefits for workers also apply to sub-contracted labour?
          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 establishment of labour contracts compliant with national legal requirements?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          i..Written Company contracts also in the language of workers.

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 10, chapter Appendix 3, chapter title "XertifiX Critera", subchapter title "Contractual Issues"

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

          Excerpt from standard:

          "c. Information to all staff about the workers’ rights, the purpose of the XertifiX standard and the audit processes (especially regarding the rights and duties of the workers to fulfil this standard)"

          Referenzdokumente:

          Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): III.1.

        • 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
      11/16
      • Occupational Health and Safety
        9/14
        • 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:

          C. No use, attempted, or threatened use of physical force against the employees

          Referenzdokumente:

          I. ILO Core Labour Conventions 2. No Bonded Labour (ILO Conventions No. 29 and No. 105)

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

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Responsibilty: i. Designation of responsible staff for health and safety, ii. Realisation of an annual safety training, iii. Risk-Assessment: written documentation of accidents and the application of adequate measures to avoid such accidents in the future" (p.10)

          Referenzdokumente:

          Health and Protection of Workers , a. Responsibility / d. Medical Care (p.10)

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

          Excerpt from standard:

          "d. Adequate workplace conditions regarding i. space (e.g. surface area of a workplace in a production facility with a minimum of 1,5 sqm) ii. maximum temperature (e.g. by working in off-peak hours in quarries, provision of shadow shelter) iii. reduction of dust e.g. by regular and sufficient sprinkling of water in high dust zone to prevent inhalation of dust by the workers or by wet processing and proper ventilation (ILO Recommendation 156) Dry processing only with dust detection on the machine and room air extraction in the work area. If the workplace air is dusty, provide suitable respiratory protection free of charge. iv. proper lighting v. ergonomics and weight (e.g. reduction of vibrations at drills or grinding machines by isolation measures; maximum weight to lift per person) (ILO Recommendation 156) b. Reduction of noise emission according to the local law (e.g. by setting limits to rock blasting times)."

          Referenzdokumente:

          Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): II.1. and IV.3

        • 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:

          a. Designation of responsible staff for health and safety b. Realisation of an annual health and safety training (including e.g. raising awareness of occupational diseases for instance silicosis) c. Risk-Assessment: written documentation of accidents and the application of adequate measures to avoid such accidents in the future (...)

          Referenzdokumente:

          II. Health and Protection of Workers 1. Safe and Healthy Workplace

        • 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:

          "e. Provision (free of charge) and usage of adequate PPE (FFP2 masks, eye protection, helmets, ear protection, gloves, aprons, and boots). Introduction of measures by employer to control the regular usage of PPE."

          Referenzdokumente:

          Health and Protection of Workers, c. Safe Workplace (p. 10)

        • 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:

          "iii. reduction of dust e.g. by regular and sufficient sprinkling of water in high dust zone to prevent inhalation of dust by the workers or by wet processing and proper ventilation (ILO Recommendation 156) Dry processing only with dust detection on the machine and room air extraction in the work area. If the workplace air is dusty, provide suitable respiratory protection free of charge."

          Referenzdokumente:

          Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): II.1.

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

          Excerpt from standard:

          "ii. Safety measures on machines (installation and usage) and valid inspection certificates and / or approvals for equipment (e.g. pneumatic drills) in accordance with the local law iii. proper electrical installations (e.g. isolation of cables)"

          Referenzdokumente:

          Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): II.1. Health and Protection of Workers, c. Safe Workplace

        • 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: Immediately
          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:

          "a. First aid box (with all necessary, non-expired medicine) within reach (one first aid box for each 20 workers) b. Annual first aid training (at least 2 workers for each 50 workers should be trained in providing First-aid care in case of any accident) c. Doctor / hospital nearby or transportation by employer to the doctor / hospital in case of accident or illness during working hours. Visible display of the name and contact numbers of the doctors / physician."

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 10, chapter Appendix 3, chapter title "XertifiX Critera", subchapter title "Health and Protection of Workers"

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

          Excerpt from standard:

          "f. Payment of social insurance according to the local law (e.g. „Employees State Insurance“ / „Provident Fund“ or “Pension Insurance”/ ”Medical Insurance” etc.)"

          Referenzdokumente:

          Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): III.2.

        • Does the standard require that workers have access to safe drinking water?
          Answer: -
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Drinking water is available (1 point)
          • Advanced: -

          Excerpt from standard:

          vii. Provision of safe drinking water

          Referenzdokumente:

          Health and Protection of Workers, b.Healthy Workplace (p.10)

        • 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:

          "2. Living conditions of the workers (if accommodation is provided) a. Separation of accommodation from production area. b. Availability of safe drinking water and sanitation facilities c. Reasonable levels of decency, hygiene, and comfort (ILO recommendation 115–II). according to the local customs d. No excessive and inadequate charging for the provided accommodation."

          Referenzdokumente:

          Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): V.2.

        • Does the standard require access to clean and improved sanitation facilities?
          Answer: -
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Sanitation facilities are available (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          d. Adequate workplace conditions regarding vi. proper sanitation facilities

          Referenzdokumente:

          II. Health and Protection of Workers 1. Safe and Healthy Workplace

      • 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:

          "f. Building and construction safety i. safe building structure ii. Safety measures on machines (installation and usage) and valid inspection certificates and / or approvals for equipment (e.g. pneumatic drills) in accordance with the local law iii. proper electrical installations (e.g. isolation of cables) iv. elimination of tripping hazards v. fire-preparedness (e.g. fire extinguishers) vi. availability and accessibility of emergency exits vii. clear escape routes."

          Referenzdokumente:

          Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): II.1.

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

          Excerpt from standard:

          "c. Risk-Assessment: written documentation of accidents and the application of adequate measures to avoid such accidents in the future"

          Referenzdokumente:

          II. Health and Protection of Workers 1. Safe and Healthy Workplace

  • Business Practice and Ethical Issues
    1/5
    • 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:

          "1. Legality a. Legality of the production site"

          Referenzdokumente:

          Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): VI.1. chapter "Legality and Traceability", subchapter " Legality"

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

          Excerpt from standard:

          b. Compliance with local and national laws and regulations

          Referenzdokumente:

          Xertifix Standard (3rd ed): VI.1. Legality

    • Corruption and Bribery
      0/3
      • Does the standard include criteria on the prevention of corruption and bribery?
        Answer: -
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Corruption and bribery is prohibited (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        a. Implementation of a written down anti-corruption and anti-bribery policy. (template available) b. No visible evidence of or feedback about corruption and bribery.

        Referenzdokumente:

        VI. Legality, traceability, and business ethics 3. Corruption and Bribery

      • 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: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • 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)