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SA8000® Social Accountability Certification | European Quality Standard

SA8000® Social Accountability Certification

Affirm your commitment to social accountability in the workplace with SA8000®

Around the world today, there is a growing interest in the working conditions involved in manufacturing products, particularly in developing countries. As workplace conditions are an important part of a company’s image and brand, consumers are becoming more aware of these social issues. The lack of a process for managing ethical breaches and risks can lead to tarnished brand reputations and poor financial results. As companies depend on increasingly complex and distributed supply chains, it is important to have an ethical monitoring protocol in place to ensure social accountability.

The Social Accountability 8000 (SA8000®) standard is governed by Social Accountability International (SAI) and overseen by Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS). It is the first globally recognised social compliance standard available for certification. Dedicated to improving working conditions, SA8000® is applicable to all companies regardless of scale, industry and location.

SA8000® is based on the conventions of the International Labor Organization, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The standard addresses a wide variety of issues including child labour, forced labour, health and safety, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours, remuneration, and management systems such as supply chain monitoring systems, external communication and other policies.