The SA 8000 is an international standard that establishes a social accountability and commitment of the companies in relation to their staff and the entire society, determines the conditions of implementation of the social qualities in proving the work. Along with the establishment of standards of labor rights of the workers, SA 8000 is based on the principles of the International Labour Organization Conventions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The SA 8000 consists of the four sections. The first section defines the purpose and scope of the standard application, the second section reinforces the need for compliance with the local legislation, the main provisions of the World Children's Fund and the United Nations Charter for the organization to receive the certification document; the third section outlines the concepts like "management", "supplier", "working child" and "forced worker"; the latter section states the basic requirements that have to be observed by the company in the course of implementing the management system and obtaining the certificate.
The advantages of the standard SA 8000:
- Improving the general reputation of the company;
- Increasing the customer trust and loyalty;
- Maintaining the communication strategy and promotion of the company values by emphasizing the core values of the company;
- Improving the management and effectiveness of the supply chain;
- Boosting the quality and profitability of products/services along with increase of the motivation of employees;
- Enhancing the staff commitment to the company values.