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SA8000 Certification

Promote social responsibility by providing a holistic framework in an organization by adopting SA8000 Certification in Sri Lanka from the leading Certifying body.

What is SA8000 Certification

The standard Requirements SA8000 was published in 1997 by Council on Economic Priorities Accreditation Agency (CEPAA), an NGO, later renamed Social Accountability 8000 SA8000 is the first global standard for corporate social responsibility. SA8000 is based on both international human rights conventions (ILO), the International Declaration of Human Rights, and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and satisfying relevant local legislation. It aims to guarantee the basic rights of workers involved in the production processes. SA8000 is promoted as a voluntary standard for companies interested to integrate social accountability into all of their policies and practices. This SA8000 confirms your compliance with labor rights and serves as a pillar of your commitment to prove a responsible approach to social and ethical issues. The SA8000® Standard is appreciated and acceptable by brands and industry leaders for its rigid approach to declare that specified requirements about a product are met with the highest quality of social compliance in their supply chains, all the while without sacrificing business interests.

SA8000:2014 the newest version of the standard explains the general expectations of organizations seeking or maintaining SA8000 compliance. The Social Accountability SA8000 Standard is a system to integrate social accountability into all of their policies and practices of the company. SA8000 not only leads to better working conditions and worker well-being but also improvement in management systems, workers engagement, productivity, market access, and more. SA8000 measures companies performance into eight key areas: 

  • Child Labor 
  • Forced Labor 
  • Health and Safety 
  • Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining 
  • Discrimination 
  • Disciplinary Practices 
  • Working Hours 
  • Remuneration 
  • Management Systems

Benefits of SA8000 Certification

Implementing SA8000 Certification helps to gain a positive impact on all the sectors of the business.

  1. Improved relationships with workers, customers, clients, and stakeholders
  2. Detection of hazards and risks
  3. Enhance reputation of the company
  4. Preferential status in government tenders
  5. Safe and healthy working conditions
  6. Improvement in workplace decision-making
  7. Increased awareness of rights and opportunities
  8. Achieve quality assurance
  9. Comprehensive social compliance and global standards
  10. Supports your corporate vision 
  11. Accommodate to new business

Requirements for SA8000 Certification

To get SA8000 implemented, an organization needs to accomplish the following requirements.

  • The organization shall not engage in child labor
  • Develop written policies and procedures for remediation of child laborers
  • Banning all racial, gender-based, and religious discrimination
  • Establish documents and maintain effectively
  • Demonstrate communication to personnel and other interested parties about SA8000 Certification
  • Systematic improvement in the on-site working conditions
  • Determine work and transportation time not exceed a total of 10 hours per day
  • Provide safe and hazard-free workplace
  • Develop and maintain continuous improvement and up-gradation as per rules and regulations of the law.
  • Establish regular Internal Audit

Why to achieve SA8000 Certification for an Organization in Sri Lanka?

Achieving SA8000 not only adds value to social means, but an organization must consider the social as a part of the responsibility of their operations. SA8000 certified organization develop and improve social accountability across your operations and applicability of human rights. Similarly, governments have created incentive programs specifically recognizing SA8000-certified companies wishing to encourage and strengthen social performance in the workplace. SA8000 also provides documentary evidence of your company’s dedication to social and occupational norms.

SA8000 Certification process in Sri Lanka

Strength of Ascent Associates

  • Ascent Associates provide relevant training to all levels of employees about the implementation and knowledge of SA8000 Certification.
  • We Ascent guide on the road map to SA8000 Certification by our experienced and qualified team for all businesses throughout the SA8000 supply chain.
  • We Ascent have been providing SA8000 Certificate for the past 10+years to achieve the highest available SA8000 standards.
  • Ascent experts are on hand to serve you at any time 24X7, anywhere in the world.
  • Our services can be provided as evidence and help you with the closure of non-conformities and offer you the best help you to improve the efficiency of the SA8000 business.
  • With Ascent achieving SA8000 Certifications is just a cup of tea.

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Frequently Asked Question

Who can adopt the SA8000 certificate in Sri Lanka?

SA8000 certification is a voluntary certificate. SA8000 is suitable for any company that wants to empower its employees and their families by focusing on social responsibility. Also, the SA8000 certificate can be adopted by product suppliers and commercial supply chains regardless of their size, industry, or location.

What if the company already complied with ISO 45001 certification, is necessary to acquire SA8000 Certification?

SA8000 is for the Social Accountability for the welfare of the social norms. For companies already adopted, ISO 45001 Certification becomes easier to achieve SA8000 Certification.

What is the validity of SA8000 Certification?

SA8000 Certification lasts for 3 years and requires yearly Surveillance and Re-Certification at the expiry of the Certification.

What is the cost of SA8000 Certification?

The cost of SA8000 Certification involves the nature, size of an organization, and level of Certification you need. It also adds consultancy, audit, and certification charges.

What does “family responsibilities” mean in the SA8000 standard?

In some countries, employers believe that workers with a family. Primarily children – are not going to work. All their wages and remuneration must fulfill their daily necessities.


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