SA 8000 – Social Accountability Audit
The SA8000 Standard is the leading social certification standard for factories and organizations across the globe. It was established by Social Accountability International in 1997 as a multi-stakeholder initiative. Over the years, the Standard has evolved into an overall framework that helps certified organizations demonstrate their dedication to the fair treatment of workers across industries and in any country.
SA8000 measures social performance in eight areas important to social accountability in workplaces, anchored by a management system element that drives continuous improvement in all areas of the Standard. It is appreciated by brands and industry leaders for its rigorous approach to ensuring the highest quality of social compliance in their supply chains, all the while without sacrificing business interests.
The Standard reflects labour provisions contained within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions. It also respects, complements and supports national labour laws around the world, and currently helps secure ethical working conditions for two million workers.
Regular revisions ensure the Standard’s continuing applicability in the face of new and emergent social and human rights issues. Organizational buyers, independent codes of conduct, and private sector initiatives have all recognized SA8000’s multi-sector applicability and responded to growing public interest by integrating SA8000 criteria into their compliance processes. Similarly, governments wishing to encourage and strengthen social performance in the workplace have created incentive programs specifically recognizing companies with an accredited SA8000 certification.
In addition to publishing SA8000 and supporting documents, SAI offers a wide selection of resources to help organizations maintain and continually improve their social performance, including capacity building, stakeholder engagement, collaboration between buyers and suppliers, and the development of tools to ensure continued improvement. SAI views independent accredited certification to the SA8000® Standard as a critical element contributing to the company’s broader objectives of improving global labour conditions.
Benefits of SA 8000 Certification Standard
- Proves your commitment to social accountability and to treating your employees ethically and in compliance with global standards
- Improves the management and performance of your supply chain
- Allows you to ensure compliance with global standards and reduce the risk of negligence, public exposure and possible litigation
- Supports your corporate vision and build and reinforce the loyalty of your employees, customers and stakeholders
- Enables you to demonstrate proper social accountability when bidding for international contracts or expanding locally to accommodate new business
Partnering with IN-CSR to assess your organization based on SA 8000 leading to better performing processes, reduced risk exposure and increased opportunities, consistent and compliant supply chains and more sustainable customer relationships, delivering shared stakeholder value.
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