SA 8000-2014 is an international certification standard that encourages organizations to develop, maintain and apply socially acceptable practices in the workplace.
It has been developed in 1997 by Social Accountability International, formerly the Council on Economic Priorities, by an advisory board consisting of trade unions, NGOs, civil society organizations and companies. As it can be applied worldwide to any company in any industry, it is an extremely useful tool in measuring, comparing, and verifying social accountability in the workplace.
It measures social performance in important areas to social accountability in workplaces, anchored by a management system element that drives continuous improvement in all areas of the Standard. It is appreciated by brands and industry leaders for its rigorous approach to ensuring the highest quality of social compliance in their supply chains, all the while without sacrificing business interests.
This standards have nine elements addressing Child Labor, Forced or Compulsory, Labor, Health and Safety, Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining, Discrimination, Disciplinary Practices, Working Hours, Remuneration, Management System
Benefits of SA 8000-2014 certification:
Certification to ISO SA 8000-2014 enable organizations to
- Have marketing advantage since there are demand and value for goods from socially Responsible manufacturers/suppliers.
- Be in compliance to laws of the land.
- Improve companies relationship with local governments, NGOs and trade unions.
- Have a better image and position in labor market.
- Have a better corporate image.
- Build trust with the investors when evaluated against social performance.
- improve personnel morale and create of a more committed work force.
- Have greater employee retention and less absenteeism.
- Increase productivity due to employee’s loyalty & commitment.