SA 8000:2014 Consulting
The SA8000 Standard was first published in September 1997 after a multi-stakeholder, consensus based drafting process. SA8000 is an auditable, voluntary standard that intends to: sustainably empower and protect all personnel within an organisation's control and influence who provide products or services for that entity, through a management systems-based approach. This includes personnel employed by the organisation itself, as well as home workers and those employed by its suppliers, sub-contractors and sub-suppliers.
The Standard is based upon the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions, international human rights norms and national labour laws that promote workers' rights, decent work and working terms and conditions, while also strengthening sustainable livelihoods and enriching employment opportunities.
The Standard also draws on ISO-based principles, with extensive management systems requirements and a view to continuous improvement. The Standard combines an emphasis on management processes with clearly defined minimum levels of social performance.
SA8000 is based on the principle that ensuring workers' rights and well-being is not a burden for employers, but rather an investment in human resources that leads to a productive, healthy and sustainable workplace for all.
Fourth Edition - SA8000:2014
SA8000:2014 is Social Accountability International's (SAI) fourth edition of the Standard and the first revision since 2008. Please note that the 2014 revision does not include a significant amount of substantive changes. It is focused instead on editorial changes to clarify the language and, in some cases, to provide greater consistency within or among elements.
About the Standard
The foundational elements of this Standard are based on the UN Declaration of Human Rights, conventions of the ILO, international human rights norms and national labour laws. The normative SA8000 certification audit reference documents are the SA8000: 2014 Standard and the SA8000 Performance Indicator Annex. Additionally, the SA8000 Guidance Document facilitates compliance with the Standard.
The SA8000 Guidance Document provides interpretations of SA8000 and how to implement its requirements; provides examples of methods for verifying compliance; and serves as a handbook for auditors and for organisations seeking SA8000 certification.
Although SA8000 is universally applicable, and certification is in principle available in any state or industry, there are exceptions to SA8000 certification. The SAI Advisory Board considers that there are some sectors where meeting all Standard requirements poses special difficulty due to industry norms and technical needs.
SA8000 is revised periodically as conditions change. Its revisions also incorporate corrections and improvements received from interested parties. It is hoped that the Standard, its Performance Indicator Annex and its Guidance Document will continue to improve, with the help of a wide variety of participants.
SA8000 Certification Consulting Support
The SA8000 certification consultancy is provided by Dynamic Strategies, which helped organization to get certified through independent organizations, accredited by Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS). A facility wishing to seek certification to SA8000:2014 must apply to a SAAS-accredited auditing firm, known as a Certification Body. The SA8000 Certificate is issued by Certifying body, which is accredited to provide certificate under the SA 8000:2014 standard.
The SA 8000 certificate is issued for the period of 3 years after successful completion of pre-assessment and registration (Final) assessment. Surveillance audits are conducted by the Certifying body within the period of 3 years at the interval of 6 Months, 9 Months or 12 Months depending upon the nature and size of the Organization.