SA8000:2014 Revision Process

Every five years SAI revises the SA8000 standard in order to ensure its continued relevance and adoptability. This process is conducted in accordance with the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards (the Code). See the bottom of the page for an outline of ISEAL requirements around public consultation and for a link to the Code. 

Below, please find an overview of the consultations that went into the revision of the Standard, as well as their accompanying reports.

1.  EXPERT CONSULTATION

From May 1, 2013 to July 15, 2013 a consultation process with subject matter experts was undertaken as part of the SA8000:2014 revision. The information gathered from this consultation was analyzed and used by the standards committee to direct its revision of the standard. The report may be found here and the comments in sum may be found here.
 
To read the bios of the experts who contributed their comments, please click here. Please note that not all are identified as several requested to remain anonymous. The majority of the 33 participating experts belong to NGOs, followed by the private sector and academia. Participation statistics by region show a near even representation of experts from North America (12), Europe (11), and Asia-Pacific (10).

2.  PUBLIC CONSULTATION

For a 60-day period beginning December 18, 2013 and ending February 16, 2014, SAI invited all interested parties to contribute comments, edits and suggestions during a public consultation period. Over 215 participants submitted a total of over 900 comments through either a survey tool created using Survey Monkey or an offline Excel spreadsheet.
Here, please find a Discussion and Analysis Paper that synthesizes the comments received through the public consultation process, and here please find the full raw database of received comments.
 

ISEAL requirements: Consultation process.
 
The ISEAL Standard Setting Code requires that when standards are revised, interested parties have the opportunity to offer comment submissions. Furthermore, the Code requires that received comments are taken into account and compiled according to the issues raised and used to prepare a written synopsis of how each material issue has been addressed in the standard revision. 
 
Once the revision period is ended this synopsis shall be made publically available on this same webpage. Notification will go out through the SAI newsletter.