The SA 8000 certification is the Social Accountability System standard. It is applicable to companies of any size that wish to address the social and ethical aspects of their business.
What is SA8000?
SA 8000, also referred to as SA 8000:2014, is a social accountability standard certification developed by the Council on Economic Priorities, now known as Social Accountability International, in 1989 to encourage organisations to develop, maintain and apply socially acceptable practices in the workplace.
It is based on the principles of human rights norms described in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, International Labour Organisation, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, etc. to create a common standard for social welfare compliance. It can be applied worldwide to any organisation in any industry. The certificate is valid for three years.
SA 8000 Performance Criteria
SA 8000 Social Accountability Standard Certification is a management system standard and measures the performance of companies in eight areas that are important to social accountability in the workplace. The independent certifying bodies check an organisation’s performance against the criteria mentioned here:
Forced and Compulsory Labour
Health and Safety
Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining
Accredited certification to SA 8000 helps your organisation gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace and win the trust of the stakeholders by assuring them that it meets the latest international social welfare standards.
Benefits of SA 8000:2014 Certification
SA 8000 certification has numerous benefits like:
SA 8000 certified organisations do not just enjoy being recognised as socially accountable organisations but also avail other benefits such as:
Lower Employee Turnover: People prefer to work for organisations that meet the international social welfare standards as ratified by the Social Accountability Standard Certification. A healthy work environment also helps in retaining existing employees and lower employee turnover. This translates into monetary gains since it saves the cost of recruiting and training new employees.
Increased Credibility: SA 8000:2014 is an internationally recognised standard for social accountability. It gives you a competitive advantage and builds credibility in the market since most customers prefer to do business with SA 8000 certified companies. Your brand image gets strengthened and helps you get more business opportunities.
Reduced Risks and Litigations: One of the key things that are a part of the SA 8000 standard is the emphasis on social accountability. Not only does this help distinguish you in the marketplace but also reduce the expenses that you might have to incur because of litigation, fines, etc. By improving the work environment for your employees, you also help improve their productivity levels.
No Need for Multiple Certifications: Organisations that operate in multiple locations across the globe do not need country-specific registrations/certifications if they are SA 8000 They can leverage their conformance to an internationally recognised standard such as SA 8000 with no need to seek multiple Social Accountability Standard certifications.
Getting an SA 8000:2014 certification demonstrates your commitment to social responsibility and employee welfare. It also helps you when you are bidding for local or international contracts.
Globus is an independent certification body that provides SA 8000:2014 certification in addition to other certifications including ISO 27001:2013, ISO 9001:2015, OHSAS 18001:2007, etc. to organisations across the globe.
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