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¿Qué hace OEKO-TEX® STeP?


STeP certification establishes environmentally friendly production processes, improves worker safety and promotes socially responsible working conditions in production facilities throughout the textile and leather supply chains.

Certified companies continuously improve their performance and efficiency with built-in benchmarking and regular updates to the STeP criteria. Competitive position gained by the manufacturer is backed by 3rd party certification.

¿Qué aspectos de la fabricación sostenible se comprueban?


The six modules in OEKO-TEX® STeP certification allow for a comprehensive analysis and evaluation of all the necessary aspects of sustainable manufacturing:

  • Environmental performance (e.g. resource efficiency, consumption & emission limits, waste management, etc.)
  • Gestión de productos químicos (e.g. compliance with MRSL, prevention, evaluation, education, monitoring, etc.)
  • Quality management (e.g. documentation, traceability, risk management, etc.)
  • Environmental management (e.g. legal compliance, reporting, training, prevention, etc.)
  • Social responsibility (e.g. human rights, education, training, fair wages, communication, etc.)
  • Health & Safety (e.g. worker & workplace safety, produces safety, prevention, plans, training, etc.)

¿Qué tipo de instalación puede tener la certificación STeP?

(Tipos de instalaciones)

Every production facility along the supply chain can be STeP certified for sustainable production and ethical working conditions.

STeP certification is currently unavailable for agricultural processes such as the cultivation of cotton or the production of sheep’s wool and downstream stages such as transportation.


Textile processes can be OEKO-TEX® STeP certified.

  • Hilatura en seco, torsión y procesos relacionados
  • Hilatura en húmedo y procesos relacionados
  • Tejido, tricotado, producción de no tejidos y procesos relacionados
  • Teñido, impresión, acabado,  recubrimiento y procesos relacionados
  • Making up of products through cutting, sewing and related processes

Leather processes can be OEKO-TEX® STeP certified.

  • Taller de ribera
  • Curtido
  • Poscurtido, tintura, engrase
  • Acabado de cuero
  • Cutting and sewing of leather products
  • Otros

Other processes can be OEKO-TEX® STeP certified.

  • Fabricación de accesorios
  • Fabricación de espumas y colchones
  • Textile & Leather logistics
  • Otros (p. ej., fabricación de fibras no agrícolas)

¿Qué factores excluyen automáticamente a una instalación de la certificación?

(Criterios de exclusión)

The applicant is disqualified if any of the exclusion criteria are present in the facility.

¿Qué elementos básicos se requieren?

(Requerimientos mínimos)
Gestión de productos químicos

Chemical Management in Textile and Leather Production

  • The introduction of a suitable chemical management system
  • Compliance with the manufacturing restricted substances list (MRSL)
  • Regular chemical handling training (basic and advanced)
  • Transparent communication and control of the chemicals used and their associated risks
  • Monitoring of chemical usage, the procurement of chemicals and auxiliary agents and their storage and application
Desempeño medio ambienta

​​​​​​​Environmental Performance in Textile and Leather Production

  • Compliance with the stipulated limit values (wastewater, emissions, etc.)
  • The use of production systems and equipment that meet the latest standards of technology
  • Efficient use of resources
  • Reduction of carbon footprint
Desempeño ambiental

​​​​​​​Environmental Management in Textile and Leather Production

  • Implementation of existing environmental management systems for the systematic coordination and implementation of all environmental protection measures
  • Definition of environmental objectives
  • Regular creation of environmental reports
Responsabilidad social

​​​​​​​Social Responsibility in Textile and Leather Production

  • Ensuring socially acceptable working conditions in line with UN human rights conventions and ILO core labor standards
  • Implementing management systems for continuously improving working conditions
  • Complying with strict requirement for working hours, wages, etc.
  • Involving local stakeholders
Gestión de la calidad

Quality Management in Textile and Leather Production

  • Implementation of a QM system in line with ISO 9001 or other operational methods
  • Guaranteed traceability, responsibility and appropriate documentation regarding the flow of goods and manufactured products
  • Further reaching management issues such as risk management and corporate governance, including anti-corruption and company codes of conduct
Salud y seguridad

Occupational Health and Safety in Textile and Leather Production

  • Implementation of recognized safety standards (example: based on OHSAS 18001)
  • Measures for ensuring safety at the workplace and personal protective equipment
  • Ensuring the safety of buildings and production plants (e.g. through construction measures, escape plans, separation of production areas, etc.)

Ver requisitos completos en el estándar OEKO-TEX® STeP

¿Cuánto tiempo es válido un certificado STeP?

(Validez + renovación)

The STeP certificate is issued after a production facility has been successfully audited and is valid for three years. This period can be extended for an additional three years following successful re-certification. If problems are identified at any point during the certification process, an OEKO-TEX® STeP certificate may be revoked.

¿Cuánto tiempo lleva obtener la certificación OEKO-TEX® STeP?

(Tiempo de certificación)

Promedio: al menos 3-6 meses desde la solicitud hasta la recopilación de datos, evaluación, auditoría y emisión del certificado.

Esto depende en gran medida del tiempo que tarde la instalación en completar la evaluación en línea.

¿Se requieren auditorías para la certificación STeP?

(Auditorías in situ)

After the initial certification audit, a compliance audit and unannounced audits take place during the certificate validity period. As the responsible OEKO-TEX® institute, we verify compliance with the criteria at the production facilities and analyze progress.

Any audits required for STANDARD 100 or LEATHER STANDARD certificates owned by the same facility are conducted within the STeP audits.

¿Se reconocen otras certificaciones para la certificación OEKO-TEX® STeP?

(Certificados de terceros)

Several carefully-vetted certifications (such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, SA8000 or OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001) can be seamlessly integrated into STeP certification. Compatible certifications are listed in Annex 8 of the STeP standard.

These third-party certifications help reduce the number of required assessment questions in the applicable STeP module. For example, OEKO-TEX® ECO PASSPORT certification is recognized in the chemical management module and Fair Wear or BCSI contribute to the social responsibility module.

¿La certificación STeP cumple con ZDHC?


OEKO-TEX® and Hohenstein support the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) industry initiative and ensure compliance with the ZDHC MRSL.

  • The STeP MRSL covers all chemicals banned from intentional use by the latest ZDHC MRSL
  • The STeP chemical list covers all substances and parameters required by the ZDHC guideline
  • OEKO-TEX® ECO PASSPORT is compliant with the ZDHC MRSL and facilitates ZDHC Gateway listing at levels 1, 2 or 3
  • Hohenstein is accredited by ZDHC to test wastewater compliance.

¿Los resultados de STeP se comunican de forma transparente?

(Opciones de certificado)

¿Se pueden etiquetar los productos con la certificación STeP?

(Etiquetado y publicidad)

NO. OEKO-TEX® STeP NO es una etiqueta de producto. STeP está relacionado con la empresa.

La etiqueta OEKO-TEX® STeP NO se puede utilizar para el etiquetado de productos. Es solo para comunicaciones B2B sobre las prácticas de fabricación sostenible o la instalación en sí.

¿Cómo se relaciona STeP con las etiquetas de productos OEKO-TEX®?


¿Cuánto cuesta la certificación STeP?

(Estructura de precios)

STeP certification fees are made up of:

Contact us for a quote.

¿Cuál es el beneficio de la consistencia mundial?

(Estandar global)

With the global interconnectedness of the textile and apparel industry, only binding worldwide criteria can provide objective comparisons of sustainable production.

¿Por qué elegir STeP frente a otras certificaciones de sostenibilidad?

(Comparación de estándares)
  • Independence: Hohenstein is an accredited, independent testing laboratory and inspection body and a founding member of OEKO-TEX®, an internationally recognized, independent association. We offer a standardized worldwide solution for greater sustainability throughout the industry
  • Textile and leather: Unlike other systems, STeP certification is specifically tailored to the conditions of the textile and leather industries and offers a well-founded evaluation of sustainable production. With deep knowledge of every stage, Hohenstein has the expertise required to realistically and neutrally evaluate a company
  • Transparency: STeP offers the greatest possible transparency for stakeholders at every level: all criteria and validation procedures are accessible. Certified companies have unlimited access to their data and the details of their evaluation. The evaluation system provides a condensed but comprehensive picture of sustainability performance for manufacturers, brands, retailers and consumers
  • Dynamism: The ongoing improvement process for certified companies is supported by the continuous development of the STeP certification criteria
  • Communication: STeP certification offers a trustworthy and comprehensive method of communicating with the customer and the media. The internationally recognized OEKO-TEX® brand strengthens the image of participating companies
  • Holistic approach: We analyze every relevant area of a production facility, taking the various individual components of the STeP certification into account

Guías técnicas

Ben Mead
Director General
Hohenstein Américas