SA 8000
Social Accountability

Increasingly, the public and other interested parties, such as purchasers, shareholders, government officials and international bodies, are expressing concern over the way in which companies perform their business. In addition to concerns over the environmental impacts of products and facilities, the social impact of employment practices now influences decision-making.

As individuals, we all have opinions of what is acceptable or unacceptable for the activities and behavior of others. Although values vary considerably between individuals, particularly individuals in different communities, there are “common core fundamentals” of human rights, human dignity and compliance with applicable law. Unfortunately, many companies have paid scant regard to these issues until scrutiny by others has forced them to do so. The negative effects of such neglect have been extremely damaging.

Social Accountability Codes and Standards typically address the following areas:
Health & Safety
Child Labor
Forced Labor
Corporal Punishment
Social accountability requirement:
  • No child labour
  • No forced labour
  • Health and safety at the workplace
  • Freedom of association and right to collective bargaining
  • No discrimination on race, creed, caste and sex
  • Disciplinary practices
  • Working Hours
  • Remuneration
  • Management Systems
Audit findings will not necessarily be based on records alone
Fair and honest dealings must not only be done, but even more importantly, it must be perceived to be done
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