Hi Everybody,

The SA8000 Standard is an auditable certification standard based on international workplace norms of International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

I would request all of you to visit the website of Social Accontability International from where you can read resources at length on concerned topics.


The SA 8000 standard is available for free downloading as a pdf format (8pages only).

A summary of the Standard elements follows:

Child Labor: No workers under the age of 15; minimum lowered to 14 for countries operating under the ILO Convention 138 developing-country exception; remediation of any child found to be working

Forced Labor: No forced labor, including prison or debt bondage labor; no lodging of deposits or identity papers by employers or outside recruiters

Health and Safety: Provide a safe and healthy work environment; take steps to prevent injuries; regular health and safety worker training; system to detect threats to health and safety; access to bathrooms and potable water

Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining: Respect the right to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively; where law prohibits these freedoms, facilitate parallel means of association and bargaining

Discrimination: No discrimination based on race, caste, origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union or political affiliation, or age; no sexual harassment

Discipline: No corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion or verbal abuse

Working Hours: Comply with the applicable law but, in any event, no more than 48 hours per week with at least one day off for every seven day period; voluntary overtime paid at a premium rate and not to exceed 12 hours per week on a regular basis; overtime may be mandatory if part of a collective bargaining agreement

Compensation: Wages paid for a standard work week must meet the legal and industry standards and be sufficient to meet the basic need of workers and their families; no disciplinary deductions

Management Systems: Facilities seeking to gain and maintain certification must go beyond simple compliance to integrate the standard into their management systems and practices.

From India, Delhi

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Respected Sir,
Are these Standards really carry any value to the organisation???plz also throw some light on the company being awarded wid these certification?
Thanks for posting such new info..

From India, Mumbai
All the Standards when implemented effectively and when followed with full commitment will definitely add great value to all the employees and to the organisation.
The Man of Standards

From India, Madras
Mr Gavaskar has given an excellent response in entirety.
ask yourself a question:
if your organisation exploits employees, What difference does it make to employee families, customers, govt, society etc ?
several BPOs, hospitality/ tourism sector esp companies where worker exploitation is rampant have gone in for the same.
ITC chirala plant was one of the pioneers.

From India, Delhi
Hi .........!
I'm Kumanan.
I'm working in a Garment manufacturing company which is been certified with SA8000:2001. Due to this certification my campony's value and standard is been added to certain level. If any Buyer visits my company, the certification reduces the level of intensity of auding (It means, as a certified unit we should have to have minimum SA standards and mostly this standards will meet the buyer's needs on employment practices to be followed in a organisation and Code of Conduct) , and if you got the certification its very well understood that there is no malpractice against labour and the organisation is social centered in its approach. So don't think that this a certification for name sake. This certification will increase the quality and balance of work life and improve the organisational standard.
Thanks and Regards,
Kumanan. A

From India, Madras

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