Social Accountability Certification
SA8000® Social Accountability Certification
SAAS develops rigorous evaluation and quality assurance systems through third-party assessment and accreditation services and is committed to maintaining the integrity of social accountability standards and codes by overseeing and verifying the activities undertaken by SAAS clients. SAAS accredits Certification Bodies, authorizing them to audit and issue certificates to social standards. As part of this process, SAAS monitors the CBs for compliance with accreditation requirements and offers verification and quality assurance services in the fields of corporate social responsibility and labor standards. Around the world today, there is a growing interest in the working conditions involved in manufacturing products, particularly in developing countries. As workplace conditions are an important part of a company’s image and brand, consumers are becoming more aware of these social issues. The lack of a process for managing ethical breaches and risks can lead to tarnished brand reputations and poor financial results. As companies depend on increasingly complex and distributed supply chains, it is important to have an ethical monitoring protocol in place to ensure social accountability.
The Social Accountability 8000 (SA8000®) standard is governed by Social Accountability International (SAI) and overseen by Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS). It is the first globally recognised social compliance standard available for certification. Dedicated to improving working conditions, SA8000® is applicable to all companies regardless of scale, industry and location.
SA8000® is based on the conventions of the International Labor Organization, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The standard addresses a wide variety of issues including child labour, forced labour, health and safety, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours, remuneration, and management systems such as supply chain monitoring systems, external communication and other policies.
SA8000® is a voluntary social compliance standard that demonstrates your commitment to a humane working environment and represents responsible production. Adhering to the standard will help to reduce risks, enhance the reputation of your factory and brand, meet customer requirements, improve supplier relationships, create better labour conditions and a safer work environment, and provide clear and credible assurance for ethical purchasing decisions.
To prepare for the standard, your company has to be aware of its requirements. This includes taking control of legal requirements and comparing current practices to the SA8000® standard requirements. Once the comparison has been made, your company can close the gap and implement the standard’s requirements. Compulsory procedures should be issued and integrated into the existing company management system. After you have applied/completed the internal monitoring process, the certification process can begin.
Your benefits at a glance
- Save money - through greater productivity and lower turnover. Rework is reduced and efficiency is increased.
- Save time - in your supply chain work processes through improved communications between management
- Minimise risks - with safer working conditions, eliminating the chance of harm to employees and damage to your business reputation.
- Gain a competitive edge - through improved working conditions, leading to a highly motivated workforce and superior quality products.
Demonstrate full transparency - to external parties with regard to your working conditions, safety and remuneration. This helps to assure stakeholders about the quality of your company.