WE WORK SOCIALLY – ISO SA.8000 – THE SAME RIGHTS FOR EVERYBODY
SOCIAL MANAGEMENT STANDARD
Social Accountability 8000 (SA 8000) is a certifiable standard created by Social Accountability International (SAI), an international non-governmental organisation. It refers to workers' rights and workplace conditions and is aimed at companies of all sizes and industries. The normative base includes the ILO conventions, the UN Conventions on Human Rights and the UN Conventions on the Rights of Children.
The SA 8000 standard includes an obligation for companies to assume social responsibility and requires compliance with national laws and the SA 8000 requirements, if these are higher. Concretely it includes the following requirements: no child labour, no forced labour, minimum standards for health protection and safety at work, right to collective bargaining, no discrimination, no physical or mental punishment, maximum weekly working hours and wages for secure existence.
SA 8000 also calls for the implementation of a social management system that ensures the implementation of the requirements and its regular review, evaluation and certification (so-called "third party audits") by external independent auditors.