Social accountability standards
Much like ISO 9000 for quality management and ISO
14000 for environmental management, the SA 8000 provides
a set of standards for evaluating social accountability
in the following areas:
Child labour: Companies may not
support the use of child labor. The Social Accountability
International (SAI) standard defines child labor as
the work of "any person under 15 years of age,
unless local minimum age law stipulates a higher age
Forced Labour: Companies may not
support the use of "forced labor."
Health and Safety: Companies must
provide a safe and healthy working environment for
Freedom of Association and Right to collective Bargaining:
Companies must respect the right of all employees
to form and join trade unions of their choice and
to bargain collectively.
Discrimination: Companies may not
engage in or support discrimination in hiring, compensation,
access to training, promotion, termination or retirement
based on race, caste, national origin, religion, disability,
gender, sexual orientation, union membership, or political
Disciplinary practices: Companies
may not engage in or support the use of corporal punishment,
mental or physical coercion or verbal abuse.
Working hours: Companies must comply
with applicable laws and industry standards on working
Compensation: Companies must ensure
that wages paid for a standard working week meet at
least legal or industry minimum standards.
Management systems: Top management
must define the company's policy for social accountability
and labor conditions to ensure that it includes a
commitment to conform to all requirements of this
standard and national and other applicable laws.