SA8000® Standard and Documents

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. 


SA8000:2014 Standard Documents:


SA8000:2008 Standard Documents:

Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS) Procedures: SAAS has publicly released the following SA8000:2014 Certification and Accreditation Process documents:

  1. Procedure 200:2015
  2. Summary of Significant Changes, Procedure 200:2015
  3. Procedure 201A:2015
  4. Summary of Significant Changes, Procedure 201A:2015
  5. Procedure 201B:2015
  6. SAAS Notification 4C: Transition Process for CBs
  7. SAAS Notification 4D: Acknowledgement of Receipt of Procedures
  8. SA8000:2014 Procedures: Stakeholder Feedback and Clarification Request Form

These documents can be downloaded directly from SAAS's document library here

Certification: Please note that SA8000 Certification is currently only available to the SA8000:2008 Standard. Beginning January 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017, a transition period will commence allowing certification to either SA8000:2008 or SA8000:2014. Please see the SAAS Notification 4A: Certification of Clients to SA8000:2014 - which details the timeline for upgrading certificates from 2008 to 2014 - here

As of June 30, 2017, certification will only be available to SA8000:2014. Thus, as of June 30, 2017, all certifications to SA8000:2008 must be transitioned to SA8000:2014. A notification has been 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.

SA8000 is a universally applicable standard and, in principle, SA8000 certification is possible in any state or industry. However, in order to maintain the Standard’s commitment to respecting the spirit and norms of ILO standards, there are several specific exceptions to SA8000 certification. Please find the list of exceptions here.

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

Training: Please note that SAI has updated our Basic and Advanced Auditor Course curriculum according to the SA8000:2014 Standard.

The SA8000:2014 Revision Webinar - Part 1 and SA8000:2014 Revision Webinar - Part 2: Social Fingerprint are currently available for all auditors to update their qualifications to audit against the new standard.

Please see the SAAS Notification 4B: SA8000:2014 Training Requirements for a detailed explanation of changes to training courses.

Enroll in the revision webinars here.



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