Standards for social responsibility and accountability
A new voluntary standard providing guidelines for social responsibility is now under development by the International Organization for Standardization.
The Social Responsibility Standard, ISO 26000, will be published in 2010. It is for guidance only and will not include requirements, which means it is non-certifiable.
However, SA8000, the Social Accountability Standard published by Social Accountability International (SAI), is certifiable.
This Standard is based on:
- The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- The Convention on the Rights of the Child
- Various International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions.
NSAI can offer certification to SA8000.
Scope of SA8000
SA8000 covers a range of areas of public concern, including:
- Child labour
- Forced labour
- Workplace safety and health
- Freedom of association
- Discipline and bullying
- Working hours
NSAI offers SA8000 through the IQNet Association.
How you can benefit
In a nutshell, SA8000 certification offers:
- Verification of your commitment to socially responsible business ethics
- Protection of your brand
- Enhanced reputation as a responsible corporate citizen
- A positive image to consumers and potential investors
- Distinction among your global competitors
- Protection from negative media exposure.
Benefits for your workers
SA8000 can help you to achieve:
- A fair, safe and equitable working environment
- Improved working conditions
- Higher morale in the workforce.
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