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SA8000 Social Accountability Standard

Demonstrate commitment to workers’ rights.

SA8000 is a leading social accountability standard developed by Social Accountability International (SAI). SA8000 requirements provide a framework for organisations to implement improved working conditions and fair treatment for employees across industries and in any country.

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SA8000 is a widely-recognised voluntary standard that demonstrates social accountability focused on the fair treatment of your workforce. First published in 1997, the current version is SA8000:2014.

The standard measures social performance in eight areas critical to social accountability, anchored by a management system element that drives continuous improvement in all areas of your organisation.

Brands and industry leaders alike appreciate SA8000 for its rigorous approach to ensuring the highest quality of social compliance in their supply chains, without sacrificing business interests.

Benefits of SA8000

Showcase social accountability

SA8000 social accountability certification provides a reliable, credible assurance that you maintain a humane working environment, continuously addressing and preventing social and labour risks.

Improve social controls

Under the SA8000 standard, you take ownership of your performance; so that you can continually monitor and improve your own internal social controls.

Competitive edge

Organisations are required to make their SA8000 certification public - while also free to publicise it - proving to stakeholders, clients and prospective employees that you prioritise fair working conditions, helping win new business and recruit top talent.

Independent verification

Increase your credibility with an independent assessment by an organisation recognised by the Social Accountability Accreditation Service (SAAS) as having the capability and expertise to provide a thorough and objective evaluation.

Need help with SA8000?

The SA8000 standard measures your organisation against key social accountability criteria. Certification against SA8000 allows you to demonstrate your commitment to social compliance and continual improvement, alongside accountability and responsibility.

LRQA has a long history of providing assessment and certification services against SA8000 requirements that enable our clients to demonstrate a holistic approach to responsible business throughout their global supply chain.

Why work with us?

Technical expertise

The technical know-how and project management expertise of our highly-trained, experienced team ensures we can adapt our assurance and certification services to your organisational needs, enabling an effective and robust audit of your management system.

Unique methodology

Our unique methodology allows our social audits to focus on the areas and issues that are most important to your business. Our process helps you build a holistic system to identify potential hazards, mitigating risks at the appropriate place in your supply chain.

Your business helps LRQA to help others

The profits we generate fund the LRQA Foundation, a charity which supports science and engineering-related research, education and public engagement around everything we do. All of this helps us stand by the purpose that drives us every single day: Working together for a safer world.


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