Social Accountability Accreditation Services
Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS) is an accreditation agency that works to evaluate, accredit, and monitor organizations that demonstrate competency to audit and certify organizations that conform to social standards. While Social Accountability International (SAI) is the creator and owner of the SA8000 Standard, SAAS provides oversight to the accreditation of certification bodies and the certification of SA8000.
How SAAS Got Started
In 1998, SAAS began accrediting Certification Bodies to perform audits that certify qualifying organizations to the SA8000 Standard. In the structure of management systems accredited certification, there must be systems in place to control processes and to show that performance is compliant with those requirements. The idea that a system must include objective verification and evaluation for competence to perform their task was at the core of developing an accreditation and oversight system.
SAAS has since expanded its scope to include accrediting bodies to audit against the InterAction PVO standard, conducting oversight of the BSCI verification code, development of the Magen Tzedek program, accreditation of the GoodWeave International system, and oversight and monitoring of organizations delivering SA8000 Training, including SAI.
Process of Certification
For more details regarding the process of certification, please visit the SAAS website here.
While SAI does not offer a guide for use to companies, we do offer the SA8000 Standard and Guidance Document, as well as other related documents for download, free of charge here.
Process of Accreditation
Organizations seeking to apply for accreditation should visit the Accreditation Requirements page on SAAS's website.
For questions about SA8000 certification or accreditation, please contact SAAS at email@example.com