SA 8000 Certificate
SA8000 is a global social accountability standard for decent working conditions, developed and overseen by Social Accountability International (SAI).
This standard specifies requirements for social accountability to enable a company to:
a) Develop, maintain, and enforce policies and procedures in order to manage those issues which it can control or influence;
b) Demonstrate to interested parties that policies, procedures and practices are in conformity with the requirements of this standard. The requirements of this standard shall apply universally with regard to geographic location, industry sector and company size.
SA8000 is based on the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Convention on the Rights of the Child and various International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions. SA8000 covers the following areas of accountability:
1. CHILD LABOUR: The company shall not engage any child labour (person below age of 18 years of age). Company should follow ILO and local govt norms.
2. FORCED LABOUR:. The company shall not engage in or support the use of forced labour, nor shall personnel be required to lodge ‘deposits’ or original identity papers upon commencing employment with the company.
3. HEALTH AND SAFETY: The company shall provide a safe and healthy working environment and shall take adequate steps to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, associated with or occurring in the course of work, by minimizing the causes of hazards inherent in the working environment.
4. FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION & RIGHT TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING: The company shall respect the right of all personnel to form and join trade unions of their choice and to bargain collectively.
5. DISCRIMINATION: The company shall not engage in or support discrimination in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, or age.
6. DISCIPLINARY PRACTICES: The company shall not engage in or support the use of corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion, and verbal abuse.
7. WORKING HOURS: The company shall comply with applicable laws and industry standards on working hours. The normal workweek shall be as defined by law but shall not on a regular basis exceed 48 hours. Personnel shall be provided with at least one day off in every seven-day period. All overtime work shall be reimbursed at a premium rate and shall not exceed 12 hours per employee per week.
8. REMUNERATION: The company shall ensure that wages paid for a standard working week shall always meet at least legal or industry minimum standards and shall be sufficient to meet basic needs of personnel and to provide some discretionary income.
9. MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS: Top management shall define the company’s policy for social accountability and labour conditions to ensure that it includes a commitment: a) to conform to all requirements of this standard, national and other applicable law, other requirements to which the company subscribes and to respect the international instruments and their interpretation, to continual improvement; effectively documented, implemented, maintained, communicated and is accessible in a comprehensible form to all personnel, including, directors, executives, management, supervisors, and staff, whether directly employed, contracted or otherwise representing the company and should be publicly available.
Benefits of SA 8000: