SA 8000 - Social Accountability
SA 8000 - Social Accountability International
Sedex - Supplier Ethical Data Exchange
BSCI - Business Social Compliance Initiative
SA 8000 - Social Accountability International Certification Procedure


SA8000 is an auditable certification standard that encourages organizations to develop, maintain, and apply socially acceptable practices in the workplace.

SA 8000 (Social Accountability) has been developed based on the conventions of the International Labour Organization, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child. It is applicable to all companies regardless of scale, industry and location

SA 8000 is developed by the SAI - Social Accountability International (formerly known as CEPAA - Council on Economic Priorities Accreditation Agency), an affiliate of the Council on Economic Priorities (CEP). Founded in 1969, CEP is a public service research organization in New York; its mission is to provide accurate & impartial analysis of companies’ social performance. SAI was established in early 1997. It convened a group of experts for an Advisory Board. The Board is responsible for drafting the SA 8000 standard, as well as providing direction and recommendation regarding the function, operation and policy of SAI. SAI’s Advisory Board includes representatives from unions, organizations for human rights and children’s rights, academia, retailers, manufacturers, contractors, non-governmental organizations, consultants, accounting firms, as well as certification bodies.

Why SA 8000 Certification?

  • Enable companies to develop and implement effective labour practices
  • Enhance long term relationships between the company and its stakeholders
  • Achieve international standard and enhance credibility
  • Generate positive sentiment for the company and its products
  • Reduce the number of second party audits of suppliers

SA 8000 - Social Accountability Benefits

Benefits of SA 8000


SA 8000

Initial evidence indicates that SA8000 certified facilities enjoy a competitive advantage and workers experience concrete benefits as the SA8000 management system and any needed corrective actions are put in place.

SA 8000 - Social Accountability


Benefits for Workers, Trade Unions and NGOs

  • Enhanced opportunities to organize trade unions and bargain collectively.
  • A tool to educate workers about core labor rights.
  • An opportunity to work directly with business on labor rights issues.
  • A way to generate public awareness of companies committed to assuring humane working conditions.

Benefits for Business

  • Drives company values into action.
  • Enhances company and brand reputation.
  • Improves employee recruitment, retention and productivity.
  • Supports better supply chain management and performance.

Benefits for Consumers & Investors

  • Clear and credible assurance for ethical purchasing decisions.
  • Identification of ethically made products and companies committed to ethical sourcing.
  • Broad coverage of product categories and production geography.