What is SA8000? Why is it Important?
SA8000 (Social Accountability) Standard is a global leading social certification program that was created in 1989 by Social Accountability International with an advisory board containing trade unions, NGOs, civil society organizations and companies.
The standard encourages organizations irrespective of their size, industry and country to develop, maintain and apply socially responsible and acceptable practices in their workplace. The program provides a comprehensive framework for organizations to demonstrate their practices and dedication to fair treatment and management practices with respect to their employees/workers. In order to make it relevant and useful, the standard’s criteria were developed from various industry and corporate codes. SA8000 follows a management system-inspired approach to measure social performance and continual improvement as opposed to the checklist-style auditing of many other international standards.
SA8000 is based on ISO Standards. Therefore, it is easier for companies to carry out the requirements and effectively implement the standard in the company. Also, it is created with reference to the principles of international human rights norms as described in International Labour Organization conventions as well as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
SA8000 protects 2,092,945 workers across
SA8000 Scope and Application
SA8000 can be carried out by any organization irrespective of their size, industry and country. The standard is extremely beneficial to organizations that are
SA8000 is Applicable to
Similar to many other standards, SA8000 also requires fulfillment of general and documentation requirements. Please find the requirements listed below.
Since the audits for SA8000 conducted without the traditional checklist-style, the standard requires the company to follow the mentioned elements.
After determining the external and internal issues relevant to social accountability, the organization must maintain the following documents.
The standard aims to improve the social environment for workers as well as businesses. From maintaining management systems to enhancing work engagement along with ensuring consistent improvement, the standard fosters better working conditions and well-being of the employees. As a result, a business can receive benefits such as productivity, stakeholder relationships, market access, and more.
SA8000 Benefits for Employees/Workers
SA8000 Benefits for Organizations