SA8000 Standard

Continually improve your business with the international social accountability certification

At each workplace, it is necessary to maintain standards and get a fair response, which is a consequence of the global attitude in every business environment that organizations and companies are motivated to uphold social responsibility and high ethical principles in their work. In other words, those companies that show social responsibility, have a better image on the market than their competitors who do not do it, which in proportion to them opens up more opportunities for cooperation with other companies, organizations, and even state and social institutions.

The internationally recognized standard that relates to this issue is SA8000, the first standard for testing and CSR, flexible and applicable to any company or organization anywhere in the world, regardless of its size or activity. The purpose of this certificate is to direct, help, and encourage companies to operate ethically and socially responsibly by identifying the weaknesses and strengths of their management in the pursuit of this goal.

Also, the SA8000 is flexible and can be applied in conjunction with ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), 14001 (Environmental Management System) and ISO 45001 (Occupational Health and Safety System).

1. Benefits

Find out what the SA 8000 Social Accountability Certification really is and what makes it suitable for your business.

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2. Principles

Find out the best way to implement SA 8000 and how our company can help you with this.

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3. Certification

Make an independent assessment of the implemented standard and obtain a certificate for the SA8000.

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4. Maintenance

Make sure your system is constantly growing and evolving to deliver the best solutions.

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1. Benefits

The SA8000 brings numerous benefits to organizations, and among other things, the implementation of this standard enables:

• To achieve good practice in employment, trade and operational activities;

• Engaging and motivating employees to improve morale and efficiency;

• More efficient use of resources;

• Presenting greater transparency in the conduct of business;

• Maintenance of existing business and attracting new consumers and investors;

• Recognition as a socially responsible organization.

2. Principles

The requirements are based on a number of existing rules and internationally accepted regulations defining human rights, in particular on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the conventions of the International Labor Organization, the United Nations and positive national legislation. In its requirements, the SA8000 standard includes nine main areas, which are:

1. Children’s work

Children who are under 15 years of age are forbidden to work. The organization must not expose children or young workers to any situation in or outside the workplace that is dangerous or unsafe for their physical and mental health and development. Children should be committed to education and development. Child labor often compromises the chances of children to become productive adults. Child labor reflects poverty and social inequality. Child labor can compromise a country’s reputation and productivity, as well as its global acceptance of its exports. The aim of this request is to protect children, so remediation of child labor is central. The organization is required to ensure that the working child can enter and stay in school until he or she is no longer a child. This request aims to clarify and emphasize that this part of the organization’s support must address issues that hinder the child’s education. In accordance with SA8000, an organization must have a remediation plan in the event that children are ever found to be working within the organization.

2. Forced or compulsory labor

The organization must not engage in or support the use of forced or compulsory labor. This requirement of SA8000 ensures that workers can legally leave their employer, terminate their work in the organization, leave the workplace at the end of their normal workday and be removed from imminent danger.

3. Health and safety

Companies must ensure basic health and safety standards, including drinking water, sanitary facilities, protective equipment and necessary education. The organization should provide a safe and healthy workplace environment and take effective steps to prevent potential health and safety incidents and occupational injuries or illnesses arising from work-related conditions. The organization must provide its employees with work safety equipment and training.

4. Freedom of association The right to bargain collectively

Employees are guaranteed freedom of union organization and action without authorization, as well as the right to join and organize trade unions of their choice and to negotiate collectively on their behalf with the organization.

5. Discrimination

The organization must not participate in or support discrimination in employment, remuneration, access to training, promotion, or any other condition that may lead to discrimination, or allow any discriminatory behavior in the workplace.

6. Disciplinary measures

The organization must treat its employees with dignity and respect. The organization must not tolerate the use of corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion or verbal abuse of staff.

7. Working hours

The organization must adhere to national positive legislation, collective agreements (where applicable) and industry standards for working hours, breaks and holidays. Provides frames for a maximum of 48 working hours per work week, with a minimum of one day off per week and a limit of 12 hours paid overtime per week.

8. Compensation

Compensation received by a worker at a particular place for a standard workweek sufficient to allow the worker and his family a decent standard of living. Elements of a decent standard of living include food, water, housing, education, health care, transportation, clothing and other essential needs, including the provision of unexpected events.

9. Requirements for management

It defines procedures for successfully managing, implementing and evaluating SA8000 standards and its compliance with the organizational management process.

3. Certification

Once you reach the SA8000 certification level, you will be able to demonstrate to your clients and stakeholders your commitment to corporate social responsibility. This is a good opportunity to promote your business and show that you are a trusted company, which could open up new business opportunities.

SA8000 certification steps:

1. Nonconformity Analysis
The mismatch analysis is an optional activity that is carried out before the assessment itself. We will take a closer look at your existing system and compare it to the requirements of the SA8000 standard. It is a really cost-effective way to check if there are areas that need to be improved before a formal assessment is made.

2. Formal assessment
Formal assessment is a two-stage process. First, the consultant will review your organization’s readiness for assessment by checking the necessary SA8000 standard procedures and control methods developed there. The details of our analyzes will be shared with you and in the event of any discrepancies, you will have the opportunity to resolve them. When all requirements are met, the assessment of the level of implementation of the procedures and control within the organization will proceed to the requirements of the SA8000 certification.

3. Certification
Once the certification level is reached, you will receive a SA8000 certificate, which is valid for three years, subject to an annual check. With this certification, you have formal proof that your organization operates according to the requirements of the SA8000 and thus takes care of its environment.

4. Maintenance

Implementing the SA8000 is not only about making sure you are meeting the requirements of the system, but also because it gives you guidance on how to continually improve your organization. The SA8000 is maintained on a regular basis by our consultant, and the Mobes Group does the complete preparation and updating of the documentation for you in order to be fully prepared for the certification body visit.

Integration will give you better results

Make the most of the SA8000 by integrating with other systems your organization maintains. This allows you to combine how you manage processes that relate to more than one system.

Popular courses and training for the SA8000

We use accelerated learning techniques to make sure you fully understand all the requirements of the SA8000 standard. This type of training consists of lectures and workshops of interactive parts, which allow you to give your opinion and present your views, practical examples etc.

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