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What is SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY 8000?
Why a workplace Standard?
  • Needed to standardize codes of conduct; inconsistencies resulted from lack of grounding in international human rights norms.
  • Competing codes of conduct created supplier confusion.
  • Needed a standardize verification system to ensure ongoing compliance (i.e. companies) taken a task for having a code, but not upholding it)
  • Without certification as a goal, corrective actions were often delayed or not taken.
  • SA 8000 Mission
  • Improve working conditions globally; promote respect for worker’s rights.
  • Provide universal standard in all business and country sectors.
  • Work in partnership with human rights and labor organizations worldwide.
  • Provide an incentive which benefits the business and consumer community though a "win/win" approach.
  • SA 8000 KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Be senior management led.
  • Be focused on continuous improvement.
  • Be focused on prevention rather than reaction.
  • Be supportive of workers’ rights and workers participation.
  • Be compliant with local laws/codes.
  • Be proactive in promoting ethical sourcing.
  • Be systematic in addressing problems-CARs Process.
  • Benefits of SA 8000 to manufacturers and suppliers
  • Marketing advantage – more demand and value for goods from socially.
  • Responsible manufacturers/suppliers.
  • Enhancement of company’s productivity.
  • Compliance to the laws of the land.
  • Improvement of relationship with the Govt., NGOs, trade unions.
  • Better image and position in labour market.
  • Benefits for the retailers
  • Cost reduction in monitoring.
  • Better corporate image.
  • Increased value for the products.
  • Trust building with the analysts and investors when evaluated against social performance.