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.
SA8000® is a voluntary social compliance standard that demonstrates your commitment to a humane working environment and represents responsible production. Adhering to the standard will help to reduce risks, enhance the reputation of your factory and brand, meet customer requirements, improve supplier relationships, create better labour conditions and a safer work environment, and provide clear and credible assurance for ethical purchasing decisions.
To prepare for the standard, your company has to be aware of its requirements. This includes taking control of legal requirements and comparing current practices to the SA8000® standard requirements. Once the comparison has been made, your company can close the gap and implement the standard’s requirements. Compulsory procedures should be issued and integrated into the existing company management system. After you have applied/completed the internal monitoring process, the certification process can begin.
TÜV SÜD conducts audits on companies for compliance with the SA8000® standard in three stages: the readiness review, the certification audit and the surveillance audits during the period of validity of the certificate. Renewal audits may take place once every three years.