Formally confirming that your products and services meet all trusted external and internal standards.
Validating the specifications, value and safety of your raw materials, products and assets.
Evaluating how your products and services meet and exceed quality, safety, sustainability and performance standards.
Escalating concern over working conditions in developing countries led to the necessity of creating a universal code of practice for labor conditions in the manufacturing industry to assure consumers that the products they were purchasing had been manufactured in compliance with a recognized set of standards. Businesses developed their own codes of conduct as they recognized the profitability of ethical production. However, consensus was lacking on what exactly constituted a socially responsible policy. As a result, the numerous codes were inconsistent and poorly audited. For genuine social accountability a unified code of conduct is required.
What is SA 8000?
SA8000 is an auditable certification standard that encourages organizations to develop, maintain, and apply socially acceptable practices in the workplace. SA8000 is developed and overseen by Social Accountability International (SAI). SA8000 measures social performance in areas important to social accountability in workplaces, implemented by a management system that drives continuous improvement in all areas of the standard. It has a rigorous approach to ensuring the highest quality of social compliance in business supply chains without sacrificing business interests.
What does SA 8000 comprise of?
The Standard reflects labor provisions contained within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions. It also respects, complements and supports national labor laws around the world, and currently helps secure ethical working conditions for two million workers around the world.
What are the key benefits of SA 8000?
Benefits to manufacturers and suppliers:
Benefits to retailers:
Benefits for Workers, Trade Unions and NGOs:
Benefits for Consumers and Investors: