SAAS Launches New Oversight Project in India for SA8000
SAAS convenes SA8000 calibration meeting in Bangalore & meet with key stakeholders
In June 2012, SAAS Executive Director Rochelle Zaid conducted a two week visit to India where SAAS convened a calibration meeting for locally active SAAS-accredited certification bodies. The calibration meeting launched a new oversight project SAAS is piloting in India, which will trial another layer of assurance to the SA8000 system. During the calibration meeting, certification bodies were introduced to the concept, and encouraged to weigh in. Next steps were established. SAAS will begin this pilot in August 2012.
In addition, Ms. Zaid met with stakeholders from a variety of sectors throughout the country during her visits to Mumbai, New Delhi, Coimbatore, Tirupur, and Bangalore, where issues pertaining to working conditions were discussed. Ms. Zaid also met with several SA8000-certified facilities, where she was able to engage with management and workers and to speak with them about the impact of SA8000 on their facilities and work environments. During these visits Ms. Zaid experienced first-hand the impact of SA8000, and was able to examine concerns relevant to the regions visited, such as the Sumangali Scheme, wages, market trends and employee recruitment.
SAAS looks forward to implementing the findings of the field visit as part of SAAS' continued goal of improving the SA8000 system for human rights at work.
This article was written by SAAS Project Manager Salah Husseini. For inquiries, please contact SHusseini@saasaccreditation.org.