Social Fingerprint®

Every company has a Social Fingerprint®—a unique mark that shows the world how they do business.

Measure and Improve Social Performance 

Based on the philosophy "you can’t improve what you don’t measure," Social Fingerprint measures and maps a path to improve on social performance—a company's preparedness to manage a socially responsible workplace or supply chain.

How Our Clients Use Social Fingerprint

Social Fingerprint is global, flexible, cross-industry, code agnostic, and applicable for companies of any size. 

  • Brand-level: Measure and improve your company’s social performance and supply chain management.
  • Licensee-level: Encourage supply chain self-ownership, assess risk, and improve performance for potential and existing licensees.
  • Supplier-level: Build capacity, establish dialogue, assess risk and provide practical tools necessary for critical management systems.
  • System-wide: Build ownership with internal stakeholders, vendors, licensees, and suppliers and emphasize a management-systems approach.

Get Started in Your Company

To learn more about Social Fingerprint and find out how you can get started in your company, contact SAI Director of Corporate Programs, Christie Daly:

The Story of Social Fingerprint

Social Fingerprint leverages SAI’s experience from creating the SA8000® Standard for decent work, breaking down the management systems approach to offer companies targeted steps toward improvement.

Based on SAI's experience over more than 20 years, Social Fingerprint helps companies implement management systems in a credible, pragmatic, and cost-effective way. The social fingerprint ratings system helps companies go beyond code violations to evaluate the processes that are essential to high-level social performance.


Since SAI first launched Social Fingerprint in 2010, over 500 companies globally have signed up to measure and improve social performance in their company and supply chains.

"Since we've been using Social Fingerprint we have noticed an real improvement in the openness of the communication between the factory manager and our staff on how they go about managing social/labor conditions. The factories have become even more engaged with us. When they get their Social Fingerprint score they want to know how they compare to the other Timberland suppliers and what they can do to improve. Social Fingerprint has proven itself as a very useful communication tool in establishing a clear road map and work plan for improving social/labor management systems."

- Colleen Vien, Sustainability Director at Timberland 

"Our cooperation with SAI has increased our awareness of social and working conditions at the yard, as it emphasized the importance of systemic approaches in daily work. As we build trust with our customers, we simultaneously want to be a trusted employer. Our yard in Vung Tau is a Greenfield Investment literally built on our long experiences as a recognized Norwegian shipbuilder. We developed the yard in accordance with our high quality standards and trained our Vietnamese employees into skilled shipbuilders."

- Roger Vassdal, General Director of STX Vietnam

SA8000:2014 Social Fingerprint Self-Assessment

If you are looking to begin the SA8000:2014 Certification process and need to take the SA8000:2014 Social Fingerprint Self-Assessment, please see this page.


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