Management Systems

SA 8000: 2014

SA 8000 is an international standard that encourages organizations to develop, maintain, and apply socially acceptable practices in their workplaces. It was developed in 1997 by Social Accountability International (SAI), an independent, non-profit organization. SA 8000 certification is based on the principles of international human rights norms, as described in International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Standard Covers Eight Key Areas of Social Responsibility:

  • Child labor : Prohibits all forms of child labor and ensures that workers are at least 18 years old.
  • Forced or compulsory labor : Prohibits all forms of forced labor, including trafficking and slavery.
  • Health and safety : Requires organizations to provide a safe and healthy working environment for all workers.
  • Freedom of association and collective bargaining : Respects the right of workers to join or form unions and to bargain collectively.
  • Discrimination : Prohibits discrimination against workers on any basis, such as race, gender, religion, or disability.
  • Disciplinary practices : Requires organizations to have fair and transparent disciplinary procedures.
  • Working hours : Sets limits on working hours and ensures that workers have adequate rest periods.
  • Compensation : Ensures that workers are paid fair wages and that they receive overtime pay for any extra hours worked.