The SA 8000 certification is the Social Accountability System standard. It is applicable to companies of any size that wish to address the social and ethical aspects of their business. A Social Accountability System proves to customers that the company holds adequate provisions for the protection of workers’ rights. Further, it ensures ethical production of all goods manufactured by the company.
SA 8000 is the first auditable social standard and is independent of government bodies and single interest groups. The initiative is based on the well-known ISO 9001/ISO 14001 certification structure, conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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SA8000 measures the performance of organisations in eight key areas: child labour, forced and Cumulsory labour, health and safety, freedom of association and collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours and remuneration.
Certification to the SA 8000 requires compliance to above mentioned areas and every facility seeking certification to be audited. Auditors visit factories to assess corporate practice on a wide range of issues and evaluate the state of a company’s management systems. A certificate is awarded attesting companyâ€™sÂ compliance to SA 8000. The certificate is a testimony of the organisation’s good practice processes and significantly improves workplace conditions.
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