SAAS Launches New Oversight Project in India for SA8000

SAAS convenes SA8000 calibration meeting in Bangalore & meet with key stakeholders

July 2012

Snapshot from the SAAS Calibration Meeting in Bangalore on June 5, 2012. SAAS Executive Director Rochelle Zaid (far right), SAI Field Services Director Doug DeRuisseau (standing, right), and SAI India Project Director Rishi Sher Singh (standing, left) were in attendance. [Photo credit: Rishi Sher Singh]

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.