SA8000 (Social Accountability 8000) is the first international certification on social responsibility. It was launched in 1997 by CEPAA - Council on Economic Priorities Accreditation Agency, an NGO, later renamed to SAI - Social Accountability International. Social Accountability 8000 (SA8000) is the first global standard for corporate social responsibility. SA8000 is based on both international human rights´ conventions (International Labour Organization, 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 basic rights of workers involved in the production processes. SA8000 follows the structures of both the Quality Management Standards ISO9000 and the Environment Management Standard ISO14000, and emphasizes the importance of an on-going improvement process.
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, SA 8000 addresses the following: .
All stakeholders will benefit from adhering to SA 8000 standards. With assistance from a third-party, the following can be achieved:
With a global network of strong multi-discipline expertise, mars Consultant is the single source for an approved auditing and certifying consultant for multiple retailer and brand standards of CSR programmes. This guarantees uniform audit quality in organizations that have factories in disparate locations situated across different countries. Lakshy Management Consultant supports management system integration which enables companies to integrate SA 8000 with other management systems such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001. Lakshy Management provides consulting in preparing Initial Assessment Report, Consultants Quality Plan, SA8000 Documentation, Identification of the noncompliance to the SA8000 and corrective actions when required, Assistance to choose the Certification Auditor and Assistance up to the final Auditing and the issue of the certificate.