SA 8000: Standard of Social Welfare and Responsibility

SA 8000

The SA 8000 standard was created in 1997 by the Social Accountability International (SAI) to adopt socially acceptable and ethical practices in the work environment. It is based on the standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the UN Convention on Human Rights. The SA 8000 is one of the most recognized standards of Corporate Social Responsibility and provides tangible evidence to ensure fair working conditions and respect for the people. This model constantly sets the standards for the continuous improvement of the working conditions and the safeguarding of the human rights, while at the same time it is a proof of the company’s responsibility in matters of social responsibility.


Sectors ​​that focuses on:

  • Child labor
  • Compulsory / Forced labor
  • Health and safety
  • Freedom of trade union and collective bargaining
  • Discrimination
  • Disciplinary practices
  • Working hours
  • Compensation


The SA 8000 standard is addressed to:

A Corporate Social Responsibility system based on the SA 8000 standard can be implemented by all kind of companies, regardless of their object, product, or service. At the same time, the model focuses on work practices that are globally accepted with many benefits for the business.


Advantages of applying the standard:

  • Development of corporate culture
  • Improving the public image and prestige of the company
  • Increase of productivity through improved working conditions
  • Development of a relationship of mutual trust between the company and the employees
  • Ensuring a competitive advantage in demanding domestic and international markets
  • Social acceptance due to the social practices followed