SA 8000:2014 – Social Accountability Certification

What is Social Accountability SA 8000?

Social Accountability SA8000 is the 1st International Certification standard for social compliance, which is grounded on social responsibility. The main aim of this standard is to give assurance to workers’ rights in such a way that everyone associated with this organization i.e. workers, trade unions, government including the company itself immerge out triumphant.

SA 8000, social audit is based on an internationally acclaimed standard for decent work (International Labor 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 social accountability and corporate responsibility for basic rights of workers involved in the production processes of the product being supplied.

SA 8000 certification is an internationally recognized standard for social accountability international, which can be applied / implemented to any production or services industries. This standard can be uniformly applied to organizations of any size or description. Implementation of SA8000 will ensure social compliance and improve corporate responsibility ethics & accountability.

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Hassle-free SA 8000:2014 Certification with PQSmitra

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

Simple & Practical Methodology

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Initial Review

  • Initial visits and review of the existing system
  • Organization registration
  • Self Assessment of system
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Documentation

  • Designing and developing forms, formats, and procedures
  • Training and Handholding/ support for implementation
  • 100% documentation support
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Effective Verification

  • Routine system verification & Internal audits
  • Management review
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Achieve Certification

  • Certification audit –
    Stage 1 & Stage 2
  • Closure of non-conformities support if any
  • Rewarding the certificate to the organization

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  • No Child Labor
  • No Forced or Compulsory Labor
  • 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 Remunerationmphasis of Social compliance audit (SA 8000)
  • An Executive system

The organization shall demonstrate compliance related to the below-mentioned requirements: –

    • The Legal (Factory Act.)
    • Social (Policies, Procedures and related documents)
    • Health and Safety
    • Environmental
    • Social (Policies, Procedures and related documents)
  • 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.
  • Recognition as a 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.
  • Year 1997 – Launched by Social Accountability International
  • Year 2008 – 1st Edition of SA 8000 Social Accountability published.
  • The SA8000 Standard and Certification System provides a framework for enterprises of all types, in any industry, and in any country to conduct business in a fair and decent manner for workers while also demonstrating their commitment to the highest social norms.
  • Yes, the SA8000 social standard can be fully integrated. For example, if you want to document your company’s social and environmental responsibilities, you may combine SA8000 with ISO 14001 or EMAS-certified environmental management.
  • Yes, SA8000 covers subcontractors, suppliers, and any third parties involved with the certified company, as long as they fall within the scope and influence of the certified company.
  • Companies are in charge of auditing their subcontractors and suppliers. As a result, auditors do not conduct direct inspections of these subcontractors, instead confirming that the certified company has implemented effective monitoring practices.
  • Internal audits should be carried out. Companies must guarantee that SA8000 criteria are followed to the letter. Internal audits are required to be conducted at least once a year.

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