SA8000 Consultancy – Social Accountability Certification in India

The Social Accountability 8000 (SA8000) is the first global standard for corporate social responsibility. SA8000 is promoted as a voluntary, universal standard for companies interested in auditing and certifying labour practices in their facilities and those of their suppliers and vendors. It is designed for independent third-party certification. SA 8000 is based on the principles of international human rights norms as described in International Labour Organisation Conventions, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It measures the performance of companies in eight key areas: child labour, forced labour, health and safety, free association and collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours and compensation. SA8000 also provides for a social accountability management system to demonstrate ongoing conformance with the standard.

SA8000 Certification in Gujarat - By

The SA8000 certification consultancy is provided by - Global Manager Group, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, which helps organizations 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 on the nature and size of the organization. The SA8000 certified workplaces are required to make public their SA8000 certification and can display their certificate in the store or factory, in company advertising, and on company stationery.

Steps for SA8000 Consultancy by

Below are the steps that we follow while SA 8000:2014 Consultancy, Social Accountability certification for organization in India. With these steps of SA8000 consultancy, overall system implementation and certification process can be fast and effective.

  • Micro-level survey of the existing system
  • Conduct awareness program to understand SA 8000 system (top + middle + bottom level).
  • Form a steering committee and task-force for each level of committee.
  • Prepare the committees and policies related to Labour, health and safety standards.
  • Prepare documents of social accountability system for SA 8000 certification.
  • Implementation and training of all personnel in the use of procedures and formats.
  • Self-assessment of the SA 8000 system.
  • Assess the system through first internal audit.
  • Take corrective actions for non-conformities.
  • Apply to certifying body SAAS.
  • Complete the SA8000 audit by certifying body.
  • Take corrective actions on the non conformities issued, if any.
  • Get certified for SA 8000.

Benefits of SA 8000 System Certification

Following are the key Benefits of SA 8000 System that organizations can achieve with the implementation in their work place.

  • Drive improvements in ethical and responsible business practices
  • Increase efficiency
  • Save time and resources
  • Improve supplier engagement
  • Boost productivity
  • Reduce reputational risk
  • Gain competitive advantage
  • Help drive collaboration and reduce duplication.

SA8000 Certification Requirements

The standard is composed of following nine SA8000-2014 requirements which must be followed by any organization while implementing SA8000 system in their organization.

  • Child labour is not permitted
  • Forced labour is not permitted
  • Health and safety have to be assured
  • Discrimination is not permitted
  • Disciplinary practices are not allowed
  • Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining have to be guaranteed
  • Working hours should not exceed 48 hours a week, with a maximum of 12 hours overtime
  • Remuneration should be sufficient
  • Management Systems should guarantee that the requirements are effectively satisfied.

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