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Social Accountability Management System

The SA 8000 standard is an international certification standard that encourages organizations to develop, maintain and implement socially responsible practices in the workplace. Obtaining an accredited SA 8000 certificate is proof of compliance with the SA8000 standard by an organization.

SA 8000 concerns all companies regardless of activity that aim at continuously improving labour conditions and communicate this to all relevant stakeholders and interested parties, by addressing labour issues also to sub-contractors.

SA 8000 standard for socially acceptable working conditions sets specific standards. In addition to the requirements for workers' rights, the SA 8000 is designed to include international agreements, such as the International Labour Organization (ILO) Treaty, the International Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. These tools refer to the general application requirements of the SA 8000 standard.

Benefits of SA 8000 include

The main benefits of the SA 8000 are the following

  • Marketing advantage – more demand and value for goods from socially responsible manufacturers/suppliers.
  • Compliance to applicable legal and other requirements and customer code of conduct
  • A key tool for shaping and managing a business's sustainability strategy
  • Improvement of relationship with the Govt., NGOs, trade unions.
  • Trust building with the analysts and investors when evaluated against social performance.
  • Continuously improving its performance in economic, social and environmental terms
  • Added value to the principles of sustainability and social responsibility already applied by a company

Consulting Methodology

A proven Social Management System development and implementation approach should be used based on project management methodologies. A structured approach should be used for defining project plans, specific responsibilities and verification of results. The result will be a development and implementation strategy that is more efficient and provides for first time compliance or conformance to the SMETA Audit requirements.

Following phases are involved in development and implementation of an effective Social Management System

  • Development of Project Plan
  • Review and Gap Assessment
  • Management System Development
  • Management System Implementation
  • Internal Assessment and Management Review

Benefits of SMS Consulting include

Our team of experts on social standards, management system and labour laws can help you ensure compliance of all the applicable requirements in this regard. And ensure a smooth and productive audit activity as per your customer requirements.

Following can be some of the benefits of having and experienced consultant for development of management system

  • An effective and reliable management system
  • Increased objectivity and impartiality
  • Better audit results
  • Increasing business opportunities
  • Reduced SMS development and implementation time
  • SMS designed to suit the organization and your customers’ requirements