Ethical And Social Systems Solutions
SA 8000 – SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY CERTIFICATION
Since its creation in 1989, the Social Accountability International (SAI) organization, an affiliate of the Council on Economic Priorities, is viewed as the most globally accepted independent workplace standard. The SA 8000 standard can be applied to any company, of any size, worldwide.
SA 8000 certification addresses issues including forced and child labor, occupational health and safety, freedom of association and collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours, compensation, and management systems.
As well as setting workplace standards worldwide, SA 8000 also embraces existing International agreements, including conventions from the International Labour Organisation, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Adopting SA 8000 certification means an organisation must consider the social impact of their operations in addition to the conditions under which their employees, partners and suppliers operate. It can be applied to any company, of any size, worldwide. Certifying your organisation against SA 8000 with an SGS audit will help you develop and improve social accountability across your operations. Working with our experienced auditors to implement the most globally accepted workplace standard demonstrates social accountability when bidding for contracts and expanding your organisation.
BENEFITS OF SA 8000 CERTIFICATION STANDARD
- Proves your commitment to social accountability and to treating your employees ethically and in compliance with global standards.
- Improves the management and performance of your supply chain.
- Allows you to ensure compliance with global standards and reduce the risk of negligence, public exposure and possible litigation.
- Supports your corporate vision and build and reinforce the loyalty of your employees, customers and stakeholders.
- Enables you to demonstrate proper social accountability when bidding for International contracts or expanding locally to accommodate new business.
To achieve SA 8000 certification leads to better performing processes, increasing skilful talent, consistent and compliant supply chains and more sustainable customer relationships, delivering profitable competitive advantage.
Demonstrate your organization’s commitment to social accountability by achieving SA 8000 certification.
Sedex is one of the world’s leading ethical trade service providers, working to improve working conditions in global supply chains.
They provide practical tools, services and a community network to help companies improve their responsible and sustainable business practices, and source responsibly.
Using Sedex enables companies to work together to better manage their social and environmental performance, and protect people working in the supply chain. Sedex has over 60,000 members in 180 countries, across 35 industry sectors, including food, agriculture, financial services, clothing and apparel, packaging and chemicals.
Sedex has over 15 years of expertise operating in responsible sourcing and works with some of the world’s most recognisable brands and standard setting organisations, such as the United Nations and Ethical Trade Initiative.
SMETA – What is SMETA?
SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) is a compilation of best practices in ethical audit, established by the Sedex Associate Auditor Group (AAG). It is not a separate standard or certification process, but a set of protocol for high-quality audits, to be used in conjunction with current established ethical audit practices. SMETA was designed to minimize duplication of effort and provide AAG members with an audit format they could easily share. SMETA reports are published by the Associate Auditor Group members in the SEDEX system, ensuring transparency and efficient information sharing.
The SMETA Audit Methodology
SMETA audits use the ETI Base Code, founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organization, as well as relevant local laws. SMETA audits can be conducted against two or four auditing pillars. The two pillars mandatory for any SMETA audit are Labor Standards and Health & Safety. The two additional pillars of a 4-pillar audit were introduced to further deepen the social responsibility aspect of SMETA audits.
A SMETA 2-pillar audit comprises the following modules:
- Labour Standards
- Health and Safety
- Additional Elements:
- Management Systems
- Entitlement to Work
- Subcontracting and Homeworking
- Environmental assessment (shortened)
A SMETA 4-pillar audit covers the above elements, plus:
- Environmental assessment (extended)
- Business Ethics
Being a member of the Sedex Associate Auditor Group, we can conduct SMETA audits in compliance with the latest Best Practice Guidelines (SMETA 6.0). Our highly qualified auditors carry out on-site observations, conduct interviews with factory management and workers, inspect documents provided by the factory, and present their findings in a SMETA Audit Report. Based on the audit report, our experts can prepare a SMETA Corrective Action Plan Report (CAPR), outlining the improvements that the factory must make to achieve compliance
Why Conduct SMETA Audits?
- Achieve greater visibility into your supply chain.
- Continuously improve your supplier relations.
- Receive independent verification of your ethical compliance.
- Eliminate the need for multiple certifications – SEDEX is internationally recognized.
- Strengthen your brand’s standing in ethical compliance.