SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS EMPLOYEES
Do you want to show that your organization upholds human rights, respects its employees’ rights and provides the best possible working conditions? You can: with an SA8000 certification.
Certification demonstrates that your management system is designed to ensure socially responsible behavior in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions.
Non-profit Social Accountability International (SAI) developed SA8000 in the late 1990s for organizations interested in voluntarily certifying their dedication to social responsibility. So far, the standard has been adopted by 3,800 facilities in over 67 countries (source: SAI, 8/2017). It has two primary focuses. First, it looks at social issues such as child labor, forced or compulsory labor, health and safety, freedom of association, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours and remuneration. Second, it considers the organization’s management system with respect to ISO 9001. SA8000 integrates easily with existing management systems.
DQS certifies organizations worldwide to SA8000 on behalf of IQNet, the international certification network. The certification process begins with an online evaluation of the maturity level of your management system using the Social Fingerprint® Self-Assessment. After being engaged to conduct an SA8000 audit, we can perform an optional pre-assessment. The actual certification audit will be conducted at your facility in the local language in conformity with national labor laws. Certification is followed by annual surveillance audits. A recertification audit is conducted after three years. Once certified, you can use the IQNet mark as an internationally recognized byword for quality and be listed by SAAS as a certified organization.