SA 8000:2008 - Social Accountability Management System
"Protecting Human Rights"
In today’s globally-aware society, the issue of social compliance is becoming more and more important, with suppliers and consumers increasingly keen to make sure they are sourcing – and buying – a product or service that is ethically sound. They want to make sure that nobody has been exploited, that workers have their human rights respected and that health and safety provisions are in place. One slip of standards can have a seriously harmful impact on business through bad publicity for many years to come. Increasingly, companies are expected to show that all international social compliance norms are met in key areas, by using a monitoring company with the requisite expertise. This trend is expected to increase in years to come, making it crucial that companies act now to ensure their products go to the marketplace with all social-compliance factors verified by a reputable, internationally renowned organization.
SA 8000 is a global social accountability standard for decent working conditions, developed and overseen by Social Accountability International (SAI). The core elements of SA 8000 are based on internationally agreed codes of conduct derived from ILO (International Labour Organisation) conventions of United Nations (UN).
Published in late 1997 and revised in 2001, the SA8000 Standard and verification system is a credible, comprehensive and efficient tool for assuring humane workplaces. SA 8000 certification is granted to companies that meet the codes of conduct / principles / standard.
Safety - Labour Laws – Hygiene – Accountability – Wages - Employee Welfare - Working hours - Social Compliance
SA 8000 ensures that companies adhere to the following 9 core requirements:
Child labour is not practiced
Forced labour is not practiced, whether in the form of prison labour, indentured labour, bonded labour etc.
Health and safety are assured, by preventing accidents and injury, training workers and providing hygienic facilities
Freedom of association and collective bargaining are guaranteed
Discrimination is not permitted in salaries, advancement, discipline, gender, race, age etc
Disciplinary practices are not permitted in the form of corporal punishment, mental/physical coercion and verbal abuse
Working hours comply with laws and do not exceed 48 hrs a week, with a maximum of 12 hrs overtime
Compensation meets the minimum wage requirement, and is sufficient to meet basic needs of the employees
Management systems guarantee that the requirements are effectively satisfied
It is the latest revision
It is applicable to any organization who cares for human rights.
All industrial sectors
All Service Sectors
All Public Sector Units (PSU)
All Government Organization
Any small / medium / large business organization
DRIVERS FOR CERTIFICATION
Improved staff morale
Improved employee retention and performance
More reliable business relationships
Greater consumer and investor confidence
Close monitoring of contractors and suppliers leads to better management, production control and product quality