What is SA 8000-Social Accountability?
SA 8000, which is an international certification created by Social Accountability International (SAI), an affiliate of the Council on Economic Priorities in 1989. According to this certification, organization must maintain, develop and apply socially acceptable practices at work place. It is based on various existing international human rights' standards and also includes the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For managing human rights in the workplace, it is the most widely recognized global standard. This certification provides a framework which assures the stakeholders that social accountability is practiced by the management.
- Child Labor: No workers under the age of 15; minimum lowered to 14 for countries operating under the ILO Convention 138 developing-country exception; remediation of any child found to be working
- Forced Labor:No forced labor, including prison or debt bondage labor; no lodging of deposits or identity papers by employers or outside recruiters
- Health and Safety: Provide a safe and healthy work environment; take steps to prevent injuries; regular health and safety worker training; system to detect threats to health and safety; access to bathrooms and potable water
- Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining: Respect the right to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively; where law prohibits these freedoms, facilitate parallel means of association and bargaining
- Discrimination: No discrimination based on race, caste, origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union or political affiliation, or age; no sexual harassment
Discipline: No corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion or verbal abuse
- Working Hours: Comply with the applicable law but, in any event, no more than 48 hours per week with at least one day off for every seven day period; voluntary overtime paid at a premium rate and not to exceed 12 hours per week on a regular basis; overtime may be mandatory if part of a collective bargaining agreement
- Compensation: Wages paid for a standard work week must meet the legal and industry standards and be sufficient to meet the basic need of workers and their families; no disciplinary deductions
- Management Systems: Facilities seeking to gain and maintain certification must go beyond simple compliance to integrate the standard into their management systems and practices.
Benefits of SA 8000 Social Accountability
- Human Resources – Recruitment & Retention Benefits: - Higher employee morale leads to greater rates of retention, which cuts the costs of recruiting and training new staff. In addition, a growing trend in recruitment appears to be concern regarding a company's corporate social responsibility activities.
- Increased Product Quality & Safety: - Reducing defects and accidents enhances product quality. A less fatigued and adult workforce is less likely to cause accidents or defects on the production line. In addition, a supplier that shows little concern over health and safety is more likely to produce poor quality products.
- Brand Development: - Investing in a socially accountable supply chain benefits a company's brand by differentiating from competition and building a positive reputation in the minds of consumers.
- Stronger Management:-Providing training, defining responsibility and developing manuals will strengthen the management of the company.
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