IGEP provides reliable Certification of Natural Stones

India is the world's largest manufacturer and exporter of granite and other natural stone products. This position has been established successfully since 1970 by applying technically sophisticated mining and processing methods. Indian suppliers are known to be particularly strong in the production and in the export of grave stones, slabs, tiles, monuments and statues. As such, they meet the highest quality requirements and the most demanding technical standards and specifications.

The proper examination and certification of natural stone products provides the basis for successful export and is offered by IGEP. IGEP is an independent and non-profit private company under German management, operating for whole India. It benefits from more than 20 years of experience in the production, control and certification of industries including: the manufacture of carpets, shoes, leather garments and other leather products, textiles and clothing, house and home textiles, arts, crafts and gift items, jewellery, automotive components and many more. 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. All following activities are covered:

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

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    what is monitored

    Following public attention and the ethical and moral obligations, the focus of the monitoring is - the prevention and elimination of child labour, on the basis of the Indian law and the conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) of the United Nations. As a result of constant efforts by Rugmark, IGEP and like-minded organizations and people, India is eliminating final barriers to the full ratification of ILO Conventions 138 and 182. In addition to controlled operations, several other social minimum requirements are checked.

    How it is done

    The prerequisite for introducing mandatory standards is the initial voluntary commitment of a company to be audited and controlled at any time by the IGEP/Rugmark inspectors without prior notice. This commitment is a crucial step towards successful and credible monitoring and certification. In order to initiate the process, German companies provide IGEP with the names of their suppliers. Thus, 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 and will be updated when changes occur over time.

    Label / Seal
    of reliability

    Natural stones from India comprise a large number of different products. Undoubtedly, the most important products for stone importers are currently the grave stones. Therefore, it has to be ensured, that they are verifiably produced without child labour.
    To guarantee 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. The manufacturer is responsible for applying the sticker. After final acceptance, this sticker is usually applied to the grave stones, blocks, discs or on the packaging.
    To prevent damages, it is stuck to the side of the grave stone which will be covered later on. For blocks, the seal is placed visible onto the block. For large dimension plates and slabs, the label is glued onto a side edge or to the unpolished side.

    certification = social activities

    The IGEP certification-fee is not only used for the functioning of the organization. A major part is rather utilised for funding numerous social activities across India. These activities are as follows:

    • Education

      Rugmark, IGEP’s partner, fights against child labour for twenty years and currently runs six schools for children in poor areas. All are located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in the region Varanasi - Mirzapur -Bhadohi. 2000 children in need are thus enabled to profit from proper education. Additionally, school uniforms and teaching materials can be provided. The project creates opportunities for a better future.

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    • Vocational training

      Given public need, the primary focus is set on vocational training offering favourable 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. Trainings for further professions are in process. Costs for teachers, teaching materials, accommodation and care of the trainees are covered by the company.

    • Health Care

      In order to ensure the medical care of school children, a fixed plan regulates appropriate care by a physician for all schools. According to that plan, investigations and any necessary treatments are carried out regularly. In addition, teachers and children are given training in hygiene in order to prevent diseases.

      For the coming years, frequent check-ups and the provision of necessary medication are planned to be established for entire populations in other areas. This is also strongly supported by our customers. They are aware that health care is an important precondition for the sustainable improvement of living conditions.

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