The SA8000 Standard is the central document of our work at SAI. It is one of the world’s first auditable social certification standards for decent workplaces, across all industrial sectors. It is based on the UN Declaration of Human Rights, conventions of the ILO, UN and national law, and spans industry and corporate codes to create a common language to measure social performance. 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. Below are the nine elements in the SA8000 Standard.
Certification: Please note that currently SA8000 certification is only available to the SA8000: 2008 Standard. Beginning January 1, 2015 and ending December 31, 2015, a one-year transition period will commence allowing certification to either SA8000: 2008 or SA8000: 2014. Beginning January 1, 2016, certification will only be available to SA8000: 2014. This implies that beginning January 1, 2016, all certifications to SA8000: 2008 must be transitioned to SA8000: 2014. A notification will be sent to Certification Bodies by Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS) detailing the steps that need to be taken in order to be qualified to perform SA8000:2014 certification audits.
Training: Please note that currently Basic and Advanced auditor courses will be taught according to SA8000: 2008, with some introductory information about SA8000: 2014. Beginning October 1, 2014, the SA8000: 2014 Revision Course will become available online. Beginning January 1, 2015, Basic and Advanced auditor courses will be taught according to SA8000: 2014. Please see this page for a detailed explanation of changes to training courses.
Download the SA8000 Standard - 2014 Version [PDF, 267KB]
SA8000:2014 Revision Process Please see this page for an overview of the SA8000: 2014 revision process, which includes a Discussion and Analysis report on the Public Consultation period.
There are also a series of documents available to support auditors and implementers of the SA8000 Standard; these are:
SA8000 Standard 2014 Documents: