Factory Lead Certification Program

The Factory Lead Certification Program prepares factory staff to implement the RBA Code at their facility. It is designed to help RBA members, RFI members, their supply chain partners, and other interested parties understand common standards and supply chain challenges. Factories with a Certified Lead have average audits scores more than 25 percent higher than factories that do not have a Lead.

The Factory Lead Certification is intended for factory staff who are responsible for implementing the RBA Code. It is a professional designation to help RBA members, RFI members, their suppliers, and other interested parties ensure a common understanding of the RBA Code elements and some of the challenges with implementation. The core curriculum, which takes approximately 30 hours to complete, can be taken on-demand in the RBA eLearning Academy – making it convenient for factory staff to take courses at their own pace.

By achieving the RBA Factory Lead designation, participants will have a solid understanding of:

  1. The RBA Code of Conduct and how to Apply it in Factories
  2. Supply Chain Responsibility and Management
  3. Elements of an effective Worker Communication Program
  4. Effective Management Systems
  5. Ensuring Health and Safety
  6. Understanding Chemical Management
  7. Improving Working Conditions
  8. Recognizing Forced Labor
  9. RBA Validated Assessment Program (VAP) and Corrective Action Plan (CAP) Management


  1. Completion of these courses increases knowledge of social and environmental standards
  2. Certificate is valid for 2 years from completion of courses and testing
  3. Name is listed on RBA’s member-only website on a list of Certified RBA Factory Leads
  4. Invitations to RBA Events and Webinars
  5. Ability to apply for Factory of Choice 

The Factory Lead Certification is a valuable experience for a variety of individuals including:

  • Individuals who are responsible for managing VAP audits at a facility
  • Factory staff that is responsible for applying the RBA Code of Conduct
  • Responsible Sourcing staff at RBA member companies


*Participants who would like to register for both programs at the same time receive a discount and group prices are also available when multiple employees from a single company participate – please contact training@responsiblebusiness.org to learn more.

Members: $500.00 USD
Non-Members: $800.00 USD

Members: $500.00 USD
Non-Members: $800.00 USD

Members: $900.00 USD
Non-Members: $1,500.00 USD

You must complete level 1 before proceeding to level 2

To access an outline of the program, FAQs and the application, click here, and view our fliers here in English and here in Chinese.

For more information, please contact RFI@responsiblebusiness.org

Become a Member

Join the Responsible Factory Initiative – There’s no better resource for factories to learn how to implement the RBA Code of Conduct or be recognized for being a top performer.

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