SA 8000 Social Responsibility

SA 8000 Social Responsibility

What is it

Social Accountability 8000 (SA8000) is an international standard for social responsibility created by SAI (Social Accountability International - SAI) in order to ensure standards for the ethical production of goods and services.

SAI is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development, implementation and control of verifiable and voluntary social responsibility standards.

This is a voluntary standard that can be applied to any organization or company in the industrial field.

SA8000 establishes basic standards for child labor, forced labor, health and safety, freedom of association and the right of collective exchange, discrimination, disciplinary practices, hours of work and compensations. The requirements of this standard are based on the recommendations of the International Labor Organization, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations (UN), the Convention on the Rights of the Child of the United Nations and other conventions.

The certified companies must also have operating standards based on a documented Social Management System to guarantee compliance with the standards. This system is based on the ISO 9000/14000 management system, and includes aspects such as having a social policy, a planning process and the appointment of an experienced director to ensure compliance with SA8000 standards.

The objective of SA8000 is to create value in companies and institutions with the incorporation of sustainability, giving rise to companies managed on the basis of values, that treat employees in an ethical manner, that are socially responsible, and sustainable in aspects related to ecology and environmental protection.

The norm is based on several existing international human rights norms, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations and the International Convention on the Rights of the Child of the UN The SA 8000 standard establishes transparent, measurable and verifiable guidelines to certify the performance of companies in nine essential areas:

  • Child Labor. Prohibits child labor (in most cases, children under 15 years of age). Certified companies must also allocate funds for the education of children who could lose their jobs as a result of the application of this standard.
  • Forced Labor. Workers can not be required to submit their identity documents or to pay "deposits" as a condition of employment.
  • Hygiene and Safety. Companies must comply with basic standards for a safe and healthy work environment, including: potable water, sanitary facilities, applicable safety equipment and necessary training.
  • Freedom of Association. It protects the rights of workers to create and participate in unions and to manage collective agreements, without fear of reprisals.
  • Discrimination. Discrimination based on race, caste, nationality, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation is not allowed.
  • Disciplinary Practices. Prohibits corporal punishment, physical or mental coercion and verbal abuse of workers.
  • Work Schedule. Establishes a week of maximum 48 hours, with a minimum of one free day per week and a limit of 12 extra hours per week paid at a special rate.
  • Remuneration. Paid wages must comply with all minimum legal standards and provide sufficient income to cover basic needs, with at least a portion of discretionary income.
  • Management. Defines the procedures for the implementation and effective review by management of compliance with the SA 8000 standard, from the appointment of responsible personnel to the preparation of records, the addressing of issues of concern and the implementation of corrective actions.

What are the benefits of Certification?

The SA 8000 certification demonstrates that its Social Responsibility System has been evaluated on the basis of a standard of good practices and that it complies with that standard. The certificate is issued by a certification body outside the company and allows customers to know they can trust that you have implemented the internal processes necessary to ensure the basic human rights of their employees.

SA 8000 is an integral, global and verifiable standard to audit and certify compliance with corporate responsibility. It applies to both small and large companies that want to demonstrate to customers and other interested parties that they care about the welfare of their employees. The essence of the rule is the belief that every workplace must be managed in such a way that basic human rights are guaranteed and that management is prepared to take responsibility for it.

To whom are they addressed? Who can be certified?

  • Any company, of any sector, activity, scope and size.

How Qualyment can help you

Our services

Qualyment Innovación S.L. has experience in the implementation of Social Responsibility Protocols in manufacturing companies from different sectors.

  • Development and implementation of a social responsibility protocol
  • Development of the necessary manuals and documentation
  • Training of relevant staff and operators
  • Preparation of social improvement plans
  • Performance of Internal Audits
  • Resolution of the deviations detected in the internal audits.
  • Support during Certification Audits
  • Support in the resolution of the deviations detected during the Certification Audits

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