Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is taking on an ever more important role – especially for companies operating on a global scale. Stabilize your company image and gain a clear competitive advantage by demonstrating a responsible approach to social and ethical issues. It is especially important for your business to exert an active and positive influence on the trust of your customers, investors, local regulators and the public at large.
A voluntary certification under SA8000, the international standard for social accountability, confirms your compliance with labor rights and serves as a pillar of your demonstrable commitment to established social standards of corporate governance. SA8000 imposes the same requirements on companies as the BSCI standard but also includes a management system comparable to ISO 9001. It is especially suitable for internationally active companies as well as product suppliers – independent of their size, industry or location.
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As an internationally active business, it is your responsibility to maintain humane working conditions. The SA8000 standard provides documentary evidence of your company's dedication to social and occupational norms around the world. It defines minimum standards that are useful for orientation as well as your external communications.
By adhering to these standards, you demonstrate that fair working conditions, occupational health and safety, and environmentally sustainable production methods are a matter of course in your company. This gives you distinct competitive advantages over companies that have not aligned their production with established social norms. Not least of all, you will be able to optimize operational procedures at your production sites and improve relations with your suppliers.
SA8000 was originally developed as a social standard in 1997-98 by the US non-governmental organization Social Accountability International (SAI) in an effort to improve working conditions around the world. The standard is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as recommendations by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and a number of ISO norms defined by the ISO 9001 standard for quality management systems.
In order to ensure companies comply with their commitments to social responsibility, SA8000 calls for implementation of a corresponding management system, which companies may voluntarily decide to certify.
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