SA 8000

SA 8000

SA 8000, now known as ISO 20400, is a social responsibility standard developed to establish guidelines for ethical and socially responsible practices in the workplace. It focuses on improving labor conditions, workers rights, and overall social performance within organizations and across global supply chains.
Key aspects of SA 8000 (ISO 20400) include:

1. Worker s Rights: The standard emphasizes various workers rights, including freedom of association, the right to collective bargaining, and prohibition of forced labor and child labor.

2. Working Conditions: SA 8000 addresses issues related to working hours, remuneration, and workplace safety. It aims to ensure fair compensation, reasonable working hours, and safe and healthy working conditions for employees.

3. Non-Discrimination: The standard prohibits discrimination in the workplace based on factors such as gender, race, religion, and more. Organizations are expected to provide equal opportunities and treat all employees fairly.

4. Management Systems: SA 8000 encourages organizations to establish effective management systems that promote social responsibility. This includes having clear policies, procedures, and processes in place to address social performance and continuously improve.

5. Supply Chain Responsibility: The standard extends its principles to suppliers and contractors. Organizations are encouraged to assess and address social responsibility within their supply chains to prevent abuses and violations from occurring at various stages of production.

6. Certification: Organizations that comply with the SA 8000 requirements can seek certification from authorized certification bodies. Certification demonstrates their commitment to social responsibility and adherence to the standards principles.

7. Continual Improvement: Similar to other management system standards, SA 8000 emphasizes the importance of continuous improvement. Organizations should regularly review their social performance, identify areas for enhancement, and take corrective actions.