SA8000 Social Accountability

Social accountability should be a key factor in any organisation. SA 8000 is the most widely recognised global standard for managing human rights in the workplace. It provides a comprehensive and flexible system for managing ethical workplace conditions throughout global supply chains.

What is SA 8000?

The standard provides a framework for a Social Accountability Management System that will send a strong message to your stakeholders that you operate your business in a fair and equitable manner.

The standard sets out requirements that cover:-

  • Child Labour and Forced Labour
  • Health and Safety
  • Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining
  • Discrimination
  • Discipline
  • Working Hours
  • Compensation
  • Management Systems

This framework allows an organisation to understand, describe and control its significant social impacts, ensure compliance with legislation and continually improve its business operations.  The standard is particularly relevant to organisations wishing to foster good customer relations and those reliant on long supply chains.

What are the benefits?

Benefits include:-

  • Drives company values into action.
  • Enhances company and brand reputation.
  • Improves employee recruitment, retention and productivity.
  • Supports better supply chain management and performance.
  • Provides clear and credible assurance to customers for ethical purchasing decisions.

SA 8000 certification can be used as an effective sales and marketing tool, giving your company the competitive edge. By demonstrating an innovative and forward thinking approach to social accountability issues, you will not only improve morale within your company, but will also lead to a better public perception of your company.

Publicising your commitment to social accountability will raise your company’s profile and also lead to better community awareness of social activities. It will also demonstrate your commitment to social accountability and provide confidence and credibility to your customers, trade partners, stakeholders, regulators and local authorities.

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