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Social Accountability (SA 8000)

Social Accountability (SA 8000)


SA8000 is an auditable certification standard that encourages organizations to develop, maintain, and apply socially acceptable practices in the workplace

Certification is the process by which individual companies (factories, farms and other workplaces) and organizations undergo assessment by a third-party auditor. If the company meets the requirements set out in the standard or code, it can earn a certificate attesting to its compliance. Third-party certification involves an independent assessment declaring that specified requirements pertaining to a product, person, process or management system have been met. Social Accountability International provides tools, information and resources related to the SA8000 Standard on their website.  All organizations interested in implementing the SA8000 Standard should visit their website and download the available information.

To certify conformance with SA8000, every facility seeking certification must be audited. Thus auditors will visit companies and assess corporate practice on a wide range of issues and evaluate the state of a company’s management systems, necessary to ensure ongoing acceptable practices. Once an organization has implemented any necessary improvements, it can earn a certificate attesting to its compliance with SA8000. 

SAAS is an accreditation body and does not develop standards or deliver certification services. SAAS undertakes the assessment and evaluation of the accredited certification bodies that conduct SA8000 audits. SAI and other stakeholders, including brands and retailers, only accept and recognize SA8000 certificates issued by accredited certification bodies. In addition, SAAS will only list accredited SA8000 certificates on its website.