Social Accountability International SA8000 Standard

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Social Accountability International (SAI)
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A voluntary standard for auditable third-party verification, setting out the requirements to be met by organisations.

SA8000 was established by Social Accountability International in 1997 as a multi-stakeholder initiative. Over the years, the Standard has evolved into an overall framework that helps certified organisations demonstrate their dedication to the fair treatment of workers across industries and in any country.

Social – The nine elements of the SA8000 standard include: child labour; forced or compulsory labour; health and safety; freedom of association and right to collective bargaining; discrimination; disciplinary practices; working hours; remuneration; and a management system. It is based on the UN Declaration of Human Rights, conventions of the ILO, UN and national law, and spans industry and corporate codes to create a common language to measure social performance.

Social Fingerprint® to measure and improve social performance – Social Fingerprint® is a program of ratings, training, and toolkits designed to help companies understand and measure their social impact now, and then learn how to improve it. Companies can pick and choose from the Social Fingerprint Program components to enhance their existing corporate code of conduct program, or they can use the program to evaluate their own social performance or that of their suppliers.


Significance for seafood businesses: 

Not seafood-specific but does provide an auditable standard that could be used by seafood companies. Sourcing seafood that is accredited to a standard that has a social component provides reassurance that the seafood you are purchasing has been independently verified concerning social issues.


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