Hamburg Business Centre
Schleswig-Holstein Business
Centre (WTSH)
Investment in Schleswig-
Holstein (WTSH)
BSCI Representative Office in India
Social Compliance and BSCI
IGEP - Certification
of Natural Stones
German-Indian Round Table (GIRT)
Mica and Stone Project
Rugmark Foundation India
The Little Keb-School

IGEP Certificate: Together against Child Labor


Who and what is tested? What is sealed or sealed with a sticker?
Concerning natural stones from India one is dealing with a large number of different products. For the stone importers especially IGN the grave stones currently are undoubtedly most important. Therefore it has to be clarified, that they were verifiably made without child labor.
In addition to the grave stones other products still play an important role.

  • grave surrounds, statues, grave slabs
  • blocks (raw)
  • tiles, floor tiles
  • plates (in exact dimensions)
  • bulk goods (for example skirting)
  • fountains and similar decoration products
  • windowsills and scuncheons
  • kitchen countertops
  • paving stones of different materials
  • garden slabs
  • slate in a variety of forms
  • sandstone products such as benches, tables, etc.

It is hardly possible, neither useful, nor cost effective to represent all these products with an individual sticker or seal of approval, etc.

It is important that each grave, each ingot and any plate (minimum height: 2 meters by 2 meters) is provided with a sticker.
For all other natural stone products, a sticker on the box, pallet or container is attached.

Who glues the seal?
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.

How does the seal look like?
The seal has the form and color of the following figure:

                                        “Together against Child Labour.”


Each seal has a number. It consists out of four parts:

  • the code for the purchaser
  • a code for the supplier
  • the serial number for the stone or the packaging
  • the date of the order

The printing as well as the insertion of the number is done by IGEP in India. This method has proved successful in the past twenty years at Rugmark. It also facilitates the payment of the agreed funding contributions by suppliers and importers.

It is important that no delivery take place without corresponding stickers.
It is up to each importer to use additional labels such as “Schools for Children" or something similar.

Beginning of the sealing process
The method of attaching/gluing the label/sticker, in order to mark certified products started in 2012.

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