IGEP performs reliable Certification of Natural Stones

India is the world's largest manufacturer and exporter of products from granite and other natural stones. Since 1970, this position has been successfully developed by employing technically sophisticated mining and processing methods. Are particularly strong Indian suppliers in the production and export of grave stones, slabs, tiles and monuments and statues. They meet the highest quality requirements and the most demanding technical standards and specifications.

The examination and certification of natural stone products for export is possible. It is offered by IGEP, an independent and non-profit private company under German management, for the whole of India. IGEP already has more than 20 years of experience in the production control and certification of industries such as the manufacture of carpets, shoes, leather garments and other leather products, textiles and clothing, house and home textiles, arts and crafts and gift items, jewelry, automotive components, etc. IGEP is the only organization with appropriate operational infrastructure in India to offer regular and comprehensive systematic control and monitoring of the entire value chain in the natural stone sector. Every potential applicant can get certified, as long as it is within the scope of the standards. It covers all activities:

  • quarrying of stone blocks
  • transport to processing plants
  • cutting, polishing and trimming
  • packaging, transportation and shipment
    • Lorem
    • Ipsum
    • Dolor

    what is monitored

    The focus of the monitoring is - according to the public attention and the ethical and moral obligations - the prevention and elimination of child labor, according to the Indian law and the conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) of the United Nations. Due to the ongoing work of Rugmark, IGEP and identically oriented organizations as well as like-minded people, India is now going to eliminate the last barriers to the full ratification of ILO Conventions 138 and 182. In addition to the controlled operations, a series of other social minimum requirements are checked.

    How it is done

    Prerequisite for this introduction of mandatory standards is the first voluntary commitment of a company to be audited and controlled at any time by the IGEP/Rugmark inspectors without notice. This commitment is a crucial step towards successful and credible monitoring and certification. IGEP receives the names of the suppliers of its customers in Germany. Then these companies will be contacted by IGEP in India. Afterwards IGEP will ask for a list of their quarries and transporters. The list is exactly verified in cooperation with buyers, associations and chambers, additionally it will be adapted to changes occurring over time.

    Label / Seal
    of reliability

    Concerning natural stones from India one is dealing with a large number of different products. For the stone importers especially the grave stones currently are undoubtedly most important. Therefore it has to be clarified, that they were verifiably made without child labor.
    To make sure that our seal of approval is not freely traded on the market, IGEP receives a copy of the order from the purchaser (or the manufacturer). This is absolutely confidential. It should contain information about how many stickers are required. The corresponding number of stickers will be sent to the manufacturer by courier. He glues himself and in his full personal responsibility. This usually takes place after final acceptance on the grave stones, blocks or discs or on the packaging.
    To prevent damage to the stones it is stuck at the side of a grave stone which will be covered later on. On blocks the seal is placed visible on the block and for large dimension plates and slabs, the label is glued down on a side edge or on the unpolished side.

    certification = social activities

    The fee for IGEP certification is not only for the fuctioning of the organization, but a major part is utilised for funding numerous social activities accross India. These activities are as follows:

    • Education

      Rugmark, IGEP’s partner fighting against child labor for twenty years, currently maintains six schools for the children of the poor villagers. They are located in the region Varanasi - Mirzapur – Bhadohi, one of the poorest areas in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. This allows more than 2000 children in need access to profit of a good education, provides school uniforms and teaching materials. The project creates opportunities for a better future.

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    • Vocational training

      The primary focus is set on trainings facing high demand and offering favorable future prospects. Starting back in 2011 the training program ranges from training of plumbers over electricians to mechanics for the installation and repair of electrical devices and mobile phones. Courses for other professions are in process. The company in this case bears the costs for teachers, teaching materials, the accommodation and care of the trainees.

    • Health Care

      To ensure the medical care of school children, All schools are under a physicians care according to fixed plan. Thus, investigations and any necessary treatments are carried out regularly. In addition, teachers and children are trained in measures of hygiene, so that many diseases can be prevented.

      Investigations for the entire population in many villages on certain days and provision of necessary medications are planned in the coming years. This is also strongly supported by our customers. For them health care is an important precondition for the sustainable improvement of the living conditions.

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