SA8000 Standard

The SA8000 Standard certification ensures that companies meet ethical standards in the workplace, including fair wages, safe working conditions, and no child labor.

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SA8000 Standard






The SA8000 Standard offers a comprehensive framework for organizations across all industries and countries to ensure fair and humane working conditions. It is based on globally recognized principles, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ILO conventions. The standard is applicable not only to the organization itself but also extends to its suppliers, subcontractors, and home workers, making it a thorough evaluation of an organization's entire supply chain.

Key Features

  • Based on universally accepted principles of human rights and labor laws.
  • Addresses various elements like child labor, health and safety, and remuneration.
  • Utilizes a management-systems approach, focusing on continual improvement rather than a simple checklist.


The initial step involves an online self-assessment to gauge readiness for certification. Organizations then undergo a two-stage audit process, which includes an independent evaluation. The audit process is conducted by SAAS-accredited Certification Bodies, ensuring a high level of reliability and thoroughness in the evaluation.

Duration and Renewal

Once granted, the SA8000 certification is valid for three years. During this period, the organization is subject to both announced and unannounced surveillance monitoring visits, typically twice a year, to ensure ongoing compliance and improvement.

Impact and Significance

Obtaining the SA8000 certification signals an organization's commitment to social responsibility and human rights, making it more attractive to consumers and stakeholders who prioritize these values. The standard is reviewed every five years to ensure it remains a leading social standard, thereby encouraging organizations to continually improve their social performance.