SA 8000:2014 Certification – Social Accountability

Introduction:

Social Accountability 8000 is the 1st International Certification standard, which is based on social responsibility. Its main aim of this standard is to give assurance to workers rights in such a way that everyone associated with the organization i.e. workers, trade unions, government including the company itself wins.

SA 8000 is based on International Human Rights conventions (International Labour Organization, the International Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) and relevant Local Legislation. It focus is to guarantee basic rights of workers involved in the production processes of the product being supplied.

SA 8000 is an internationally recognized standard, which can be applied / implemented to any production or services industries. This standard can be uniformly applied to organizations of any size or description.

It prescribes controls over those activities that the organization carries out. Implementation of SA 8000 will ensure compliance to local laws laid down in regards to wages, promote a safe and healthy work environment through a framework that allows the organizations to identify and control its risk related to health and safety, reduce the number of accidents and improve legislative compliance.

SA 8000 – Revision History

Year 2008– 1st Edition of SA 8000 Social Accountability published

Applicability (Which organizations can avail SA 8000 certification??)

  • Manufacturing units
  • Service sector including Educational institutes, Hospitals and other service providing units
  • Any other business units irrespective of nature of business, size and location.

Focus Points – SA 8000:2014 Implementation

Requirements of Social Responsibilities (SA 8000)

  • No Child Labour
  • No Forced or Compulsory Labour
  • Provide Healthy and Safe Work Environment
  • Right to Freedom of Association & Collective Bargaining
  • No Discrimination
  • No Disciplinary Practices i.e No corporal punishments, mental or physical coercion
  • Compliance to Working Hours & Public Holidays as per the defined Laws
  • Payment of Sufficient Remuneration

Benefits of SA 8000:2014 implementation

  • Recognition of socially compliant organization
  • Opportunity for exports. Supplier Approval by overseas customers
  • Mandatory requirement for being an out-sourcing sub-contractor to parent company
  • Compliance with business, legal, contractual, and regulatory requirements
  • Improved structure and focus with respect to Business Ethics and Anti-bribery Management System

SA 8000:2014 Implementation Process by PQSmitra

The initial review of the existing practices being followed at the organization is the starting point for the SA 8000 certification process. PQSmitra Team helps in easy understanding of the SA 8000 requirements and simple methods for effective compliance. 100% documentation support is offered to achieve successful certification in addition to enhanced operational controls. The implementation process is described below:

  • Initial visits and review of the existing system with respect to social accountability
  • Gap analysis and preparation of the action plan
  • Documentation including procedures, work instructions etc.
  • Routine system verification &Internal audits
  • Management review
  • Certification audit – Stage 1 & Stage 2
  • Closure of non-conformities
  • Rewarding the certificate to the organization

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