SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY 8000
SA 8000 concerns all companies regardless of activity that aim at continuously improving labour conditions and communicate this to all relevant stakeholders and interested parties, by addressing labour issues also to sub-contractors.
WHAT IS SA 8000:2014
Rising public concern about inhumane working conditions in developing countries led to the creation in 1997 of the Social Accountability International Organization. Its purpose was to draw up a universal code of practice for labour conditions in manufacturing and agricultural industry. The SA8000 standard for socially responsible employment practices prescribes specific performance standards. As well as setting new standards governing workers’ rights, SA8000 is designed to embrace existing international agreements, including International Labour Organization convention, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. These instruments are explicitly set out in the terms of SA8000.
SA 8000 VALUES
It provides transparent, measurable, verifiable elements for certifying the performance of companies in nine essential areas:
• Child Labor
• Forced Labor
• Health and Safety
• Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining
• Disciplinary Practices
• Working Hours
• Management System
BENEFITS OF SA 8000
Many businesses have already begun to recognize the commercial advantages of adopting an ethical dimension in their employment practices, and are operating their own codes of conduct. The SA 8000 standard now offers a global social responsibility employment practice, which complies with UN and Human Rights Conventions and Declarations.
Furthermore, the certified SA 8000 company shows in practice to all its employees its respect and commitment to labour rights and improvement of labour conditions.
WHY CERTIFY WITH EUROCERT
EUROCERT is a Greek Independent Certification Body accredited by Greek and International Accreditation Bodies with offices and activity in Greece and abroad. EUROCERT possesses highly-trained and educated auditors with great expertise and experience in their field.
Furthermore Eurocert is one of the few elite accredited certification bodies for the SA 8000 standard worldwide, by the Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS)
WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN SA 8000 AND ISO 26000
SA8000 is the most trustworthy and international standard for social responsibility. ISO 26000 is a guidance document for social responsibility. Application of ISO 26000 standard leads to improvement of labour conditions and is a step forward before implementing and certifying with SA8000.
EUROCERT, having great experience in the field, may conduct conformity audits according to ISO 26000 and issue relevant declarations.