STeP differs from other certification systems because, instead of considering only individual sustainability aspects, it includes a comprehensive analysis and assessment of the production conditions instead. STeP analyses all important areas of a company using 6 modules:
The aim of STeP certification is the long-term implementation of environmentally friendly production processes, social working conditions and optimum health and safety.
STeP focusses on the certification of the entire production chain in the area of textile and leather.
Textile manufacturers from all processing levels can be certified, from fibre manufacture to spinning and weaving/knitting to finishing and making up. In the leather industry, all processes such as tanning, retanning, dying, fatliquoring, finishing and making up can be certified. Logistics centres and manufacturers of accessories, foams and mattresses can also apply for STeP certification.
As part of our Roadmap towards Excellence for facilities, OEKO-TEX® STeP is constantly evolving to meet changing industry requirements, provide benchmarking and guide facilities in continuous improvement – this includes addressing the fashion industry’s need to take climate action seriously.
Our new Impact Calculator measures the Carbon and Water Footprint at the facility level and helps STeP certified facilities continue to advance their environmental management and performance.
The Impact Calculator is offered within the STeP certification and the access is free of charge for all STeP certified textile facilities.