SA8000 is the first auditable standard in the area of social responsibility. It was developed by the non-profit organization SAI (Social Accountability International), and is based on the conventions established by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the UN Convention for Children’s Rights.
The essential requirements of SA8000 relate to the subject areas of: child labor, forced labor, health and safety, freedom of assembly, discrimination, punishment, working hours, pay, and the management system.
The number of organizations certified to SA8000 has been increasing steadily. As of June 2012, a total of 3,083 sites had been certified in more than 65 countries throughout the world.
SA8000 not only strengthens the confidence of your employees into your organization, but also that of your supplier network. When it comes to external relationships, a commitment to social responsibility earns your organization a high degree of appreciation, thus separating yourself nicely from the competition.