Why does social accountability matter?
It is estimated that upwards of 100 million children worldwide are in full-time employment. Under the requirements of social compliance, companies must not allow child labour.
They must also provide a safe and healthy work place for all and respect the right of all employees to join a trade union. Discrimination, in any form, is not allowed and neither is corporal punishment or verbal abuse.
What kind of standards does social accountability ensure?
Those organisations who gain social compliance certification will ensure that their employees and those employees of their suppliers do not work for more than 48 hours per week or more than six days per week. Wages throughout the supply chain must be at worse equal to legal or industry minimum levels and must leave the employee with some discretionary income.
The final requirement governing management systems sets out the procedures and structures that companies must adopt to ensure compliance with the standard is continuously reviewed.
What is SA8000?
SA8000 was the first audible standard in this field. In particular, it is compatible with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 structures and based on conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The worldwide-recognised certification to the SA8000 standard involves the development and auditing of management systems that promote socially acceptable working practices bringing benefits to the complete supply chain
Why get certified?
Having a robust and effectively implemented social accountability management will benefit your business by:
- Enhancement of your brand, image and reputation
- Attracting new customers
- Improving worker morale and thus effectiveness
- Attracting ethical investment
- Creation of new opportunities
- Demonstrating transparency to stakeholder
- Giving you an edge over non-approved competitors