SA8000® Standard

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 organisations 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.

As the creator and owner of the SA8000 Standard, SAI has produced a series of documents available to support auditors and implementers of the SA8000 Standard. The documents meant to clarify the interpretation and implementation of the Standard itself for end-users (current and applicant SA8000 certified organisations); these are:

SA8000:2014 Standard Documents:

If you have any feedback regarding the interpretation or implementation of the any of the documents (such as questions or best practices you've seen or implemented), please complete this form here. As questions are collected, SAI will review the questions with Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS), our expert field staff, and our multi-stakeholder Advisory Board as necessary. The questions and clarifications will be published on a quarterly basis in SAI's e-newsletter and on our website.

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