Social Accountability 8000 (SA8000) is the reference standard developed by Social Accountability International (SAI) and supervised by Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS) and was the first social responsibility standard to gain worldwide recognition as a certifiable reference standard. Aimed at improving work conditions, SA8000 is applicable to all companies, regardless of size, sector and country of operation.
SA8000 is based on various international conventions, such as the ILO, the UN Declaration on Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It covers a wide range of issues including child labor and forced labor, health and safety, freedom of association, the right to collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours, pay and management systems relating to supply chain control, external communication management and other company policies.
SA8000 certification presents an opportunity to increase an organization’s value by collecting evidence of its approach and its results that help identify the necessary improvement actions to achieve its social responsibility goals. Certification by an accredited body also shows the market that the organization acts responsibly in relation to social ethics.