SA-8000 (Social Accountability-8000)
- Social Accountability 8000 (SA8000) has been developed by Social Accountability International (SAI), known until recently as the Council on Economic Priorities Accreditation Agency.
- SAI is a non-profit affiliate of the Council on Economic Priorities (CEP).
- SA8000 is promoted as a voluntary, universal standard for companies interested in auditing and certifying labour practices in their facilities and those of their suppliers and vendors. It is designed for independent third party certification.
- SA8000 is based on the principles of international human rights norms as described in International Labour Organisation conventions, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- It measures the performance of companies in eight key areas: child labour, forced labour, health and safety, free association and collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours and compensation. SA8000 also provides for a social accountability management system to demonstrate ongoing conformance with the standard.
Benefits of SA-8000 for Worker :
- More training, advancement.
- Fewer accidents.
- Reasonable & safe work hours.
- Less discrimination.
- Compensation adequate to meet both local law & basic needs.
- More children in school, can break out of the cycle of pover.
Benefits of SA-8000 for Producers :
- Improve quality.
- Increases productivity.
- Better morale.
- Reduces employee turnover.
- Makes recruitment easier.
- New sales opportunities.
- Enhances reputation.
This Standard specifies requirements for social accountability to enable an organization to :
- Develop, Maintain and Enforce policies and procedures in order to manage those issues which it can control or influence
- Demonstrate to interested parties that policies, procedures and practices are in conformity with the requirements of this Standard;
The requirements of this Standard apply universally with regard. to geographic location, industry sector and company size.