SA 8000 CERTIFICATION
Enhancing Your Company’s Reputation Through Social Responsibilty
The current global business environment is motivating organisations to consider the full social and ethical impacts of their corporate activities and policies. Those companies who are able to prove a responsible approach to broader social and ethical issues will gain a vital competitive edge and inspire the confidence of stakeholders such as client, investors, local community and consumers. Social concerns like child labour, forced labour and discrimination require companies to not only consider their own direct sphere of influence but also their entire supply chain. The concept and value of employing an independent, third party to monitor social responsibility is becoming increasingly important.
What is SA 8000 Certification? SA 8000 is the first auditable standard in this field. In particular, it is compatible with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 structure and based on conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The worldwide-recognised certification to the SA 8000 standard involves the development and auditing of management systems that promote socially acceptable working practices bringing benefits to the complete supply chain.
Why Choose Bureau Veritas?
Expertise Bureau Veritas Certification is a world leader in the field of accredited social responsibility certification. Bureau Veritas Certification received SA8000 accreditation in January 1999 and has conducted audits in more than 30 countries in all types of business sectors and activities.
Recognition Bureau Veritas Certification is a member of the SA8000 advisory board.
Network We operate in more than 100 countries. This global presence means that our clients can receive the double advantage of international expertise combined with a genuine depth of local knowledge (language, culture, laws, customs, etc.) ensuring a high quality audit.
Business understanding Our success is based upon a close working partnership, focused on driving your business forward: more than 5,700 specially trained auditors deliver a certification service meaningful to your business.
Mark of global recognition The Bureau Veritas Certification Mark is a globally recognised symbol of your organisation’s ongoing commitment to excellence, sustainability and reliability.
Combined services Bureau Veritas Certification offers the possibility of combined certifications to the largest range of recognised standards and can offer a complete solution on corporate responsibility, bringing consistency, optimisation and efficiency.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Who developed SA 8000?
SA 8000 was developed by SAI “Social Accountability International”. SAI is a nongovernmental, international, multi-stakeholder organisation dedicated to improving workplaces and communities by developing and implementing socially responsible standards. SAI convenes key stakeholders to develop consensus-based voluntary standards, conducts cost-benefit research, accredits auditors, provides training and technical assistance, and assists corporations in improving social compliance in their supply chains.
Does SA8000 apply to all industries?
No, due to the nature of some industries, they are excluded from the scope of SA8000, for example agriculture and extractive industries. However, Bureau Veritas Certification can help organisations in these sectors adopt alternative approaches in order to achieve their corporate social responsibility objectives.