Certificate Description

The SA8000 Standard provides a framework for organizations of all types, in any industry, and in any country to conduct business in a way that is fair and decent for workers and to demonstrate their adherence to the highest social standards.

It is based on internationally recognized standards of decent work, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ILO conventions, and national laws.

The standard applies a management-systems approach to social performance and emphasizes continual improvement—not checklist-style auditing. It focuses on child labor, forced or compulsory labor, health and safety, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours, remuneration, and management systems.

The standard was developed by Social Accountability International (SAI), a global non-governmental organization advancing human rights at work. SAI’s vision is of decent work everywhere—sustained by an understanding that socially responsible workplaces benefit business while securing fundamental human rights

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