SA 8000:2000 Social Accountability
The SA 8000:2001 second issue of the standard has been developed by Social Accountability
International (SAI) and Council on Economic Priorities Accreditation Agency (CEPAA). Being
relatively a new standard, it is slowly getting proliferated into the industry and service sector
and receiving appreciable response.

Private / public sector companies and contractors across many industrial / service sectors
would generally like to earn public confidence and client approval for their national and/or
international markets. Certification under SA 8000 standard and required documentation for
the standard provides companies opportunity to independently verify their own social record
and also that of their contractors.

Benefits of certification to SA 8000 include the following : -
  • The requirements for social accountability performance are clearly defined
  •  The management system ensures that company meets the performance
  •   Significant reduction in the cost of managing different social requirements
  •  Fair and safe working environment
  •  Continual improvement and need for regular third party audits
  •  Corporate reputation and a better position on ethical and social standards.

Objective: -
The programme intends to achieve the following objectives :
- that social accountability management system and related procedures are adequately
documented and that they comply with the requirements of the standard SA 8000.
- that the system of documented procedures is implemented effectively continual   
improvement is in practice.
- that the organization is conversant with the audit and certification process.

Course Contents: -
  • Relevance and context of SA 8000 standards
  • Principles and conventions governing social accountability standard
  • Definitions / terms
  • SA 8000 interpretation and review of key requirements
  • Preparation of documents to meet the SA 8000 requirements
  • Organizing and conducting basic needs survey
  • Legal requirements related to SA 8000
  • Communication skills.
  • Monitoring the effectiveness / adequacy of management system
  • Integration with other business management systems
  • Exercises / Group work.

Certification: -
A Certificate Successful Completion will be issued to those delegates who satisfactorily
complete the continuous assessment and pass a formal written examination.
Those not wishing to sit in the examination or adjudged not to have reached the required
standard of competence will be issued a Certificate of Attendance.
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