|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.
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.