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.
The SA8000 certification consultancy is provided by Punyam.com - 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.
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.