Many major companies – Apple, Walmart, etc. – have become interested in the social accountability of their world-wide suppliers. Child labor and unsafe working conditions have resulted in some very bad press for these companies.
Some companies have decided to become more proactive in assessing these social performance of their supply chain. Social Accountability International (SAI) an organization to advance the human rights of workers around the world has developed the SA8000 standard.
SA8000 is one of the world’s first auditable social certification standards for decent workplaces, across all industrial sectors. It is based on conventions of the ILO, UN and national law, and spans industry and corporate codes to create a common language to measure social compliance. It takes a management systems approach by setting out the structures and procedures that companies must adopt in order to ensure that compliance with the standard is continuously reviewed. Those seeking to comply with SA8000 have adopted policies and procedures that protect the basic human rights of workers.
EHS-MS has helped clients develop programs to become SA8000 compliant and to prepare for 2nd party audits. Please feel free to contact us with any questions related to this standard at James.Charles@iso14001-training.com . We can also assess your supply chain to determine their compliance with basic social programs. These type of risk based assessments can help reduce exposure to liability and public relation issues.