SA 8000 standard

SA 8000 standard include contents as follows:

1. Purpose and scope of SA 8000

This standard specifies requirements for social accountability to enable a company to:

2. Requirements of child labor

The company shall not engage in or support the use of child labor as defined above.

3. Requirements of Forced labor

The company shall not engage in or support the use of forced labor, nor shall personnel be required to lodge ‘deposits’ or identity papers upon commencing employment with the company.

4. Requirements of health and safety

1. The company, bearing in mind the prevailing knowledge of the industry and of any specific hazards, shall provide a safe and healthy working environment and shall take adequate steps to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, associated with or occurring in the course of […]

5. Discrimination rules in SA 8000

The company shall not engage in or support discrimination in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, or age.

6. Freedom of association & right to collective bargaining

Freedom of association & right to collective bargaining
1. The company shall respect the right of all personnel to form and join trade unions of their choice and to bargain collectively.

7. Disciplinary practices in SA 8000

The company shall not engage in or support the use of corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion, and verbal abuse.

8. Rules of working hours

The company shall comply with applicable laws and industry standards on working
hours. The normal workweek shall be as defined by law but shall not on a regular basis exceed 48 hours. Personnel shall be provided with at least one day off in every seven-day period. All overtime […]

9. Remuneration rules

The company shall ensure that wages paid for a standard working week shall always meet at least legal or industry minimum standards and shall be sufficient to meet basic needs of personnel and to provide some discretionary income.

10. SA 8000 policies

Top management shall define the company’s policy for social accountability and labor conditions to ensure that it:

11. Management Review of SA 8000

Top management shall periodically review the adequacy, suitability, and continuing effectiveness of the company’s policy, procedures and performance results vis-a-vis the requirements of this standard and other requirements to which the company subscribes. System amendments and improvements shall be implemented where appropriate.

12. Management Representative of SA 8000

The company shall appoint a senior management representative who, irrespective of other responsibilities, shall ensure that the requirements of this standard are met.

13. Planning and Implementation of SA 8000

The company shall ensure that the requirements of this standard are understood and implemented at all levels of the organization; methods shall include, but are not limited to:

14. Control of Suppliers/Subcontractors and Sub-Suppliers

The company shall establish and maintain appropriate procedures to evaluate and select suppliers/subcontractors (and, where appropriate, sub-suppliers) based on their ability to meet the requirements of this standard.

15. Addressing Concerns and Taking Corrective Action

The company shall investigate, address, and respond to the concerns of employees and other interested parties with regard to conformance/non-conformance with the company’s policy and/or the requirements of this standard; the company shall refrain from disciplining, dismissing or otherwise discriminating against any employee for providing information concerning observance of the standard.

16. Outside Communication in SA 8000

The company shall establish and maintain procedures to communicate regularly to all interested parties data and other information regarding performance against the requirements of this document, including, but not limited to, the results of management reviews and monitoring activities.

17. Access for Verification in SA 8000

Where required by contract, the company shall provide reasonable information and access to interested parties seeking to verify conformance to the requirements of this standard; where further required by contract, similar information and access shall also be afforded by the company’s suppliers and subcontractors through the incorporation of such a requirement in the company’s purchasing […]

18. Records management in SA 8000

The company shall maintain appropriate records to demonstrate conformance to the requirements of this standard.

Related documents to SA 8000

1. SA 8000 procedures
2. SA 8000 checklist

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