SAI and CIPE Case Study

"From Words to Action: A Business Case for Implementing Workplace Standards"

February 11, 2009

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and SAI are pleased to announce the release of new corporate citizenship case studies: "From Words to Action: A Business Case for Implementing Workplace Standards.

These case studies look into different aspects of improving workplace conditions and analyze the benefits of doing so for workers and businesses. 

"These cases illustrate that an ethical, compliant workplace is better for both workers and businesses," observed CIPE Executive Director, John D. Sullivan.

Investment in human capital has a high rate of return because healthier, better trained, and more loyal staff drives quality, productivity, innovation, and the sustainability of enterprise. The case studies demonstrate a core principle of corporate citizenship: business can do good while also doing well.

The companies profiled differ in maturity, scale, industry, and geographic location, and include a mid-size garment factory in China, a large textile company in Turkey, and a world-renowned steel manufacturer in India.

"Business attains corporate sustainability when all three bottom lines - financial, environmental, and social - are addressed in an integrated fashion, because stakeholder and shareholder value are inextricably linked," said SAI Executive Director, Eileen Kaufman.

The lessons learned can be applied by other businesses in developing and developed countries alike. Voluntary systems such as SA8000 are needed to show the necessity of high workplace standards, to make the benefits of compliance as visible as the costs, and to make good corporate citizenship an integral part of a basic business model.

For more information, email SAI Communication Manager Joleen Ong -