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  • Standard organisation
  • Good to know
The SA8000 Standard and Certification System provide a framework for organizations of all types, in any industry, and in any country to conduct business in a way that is fair and decent for workers and to demonstrate their adherence to the highest social standards. The SA8000 Standard is based on internationally recognized standards of decent work, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ILO conventions, and national laws. SA8000 applies a management-systems approach to social performance and emphasizes continual improvement not checklist-style auditing.
The SA8000 standard was developed by the international non-governmental organisation Social Accountability International (SAI). SAI advocates for and advances human rights at workplaces around the world.
SA8000 certification applies only to individual workplaces/factories. It is not a product certification, but the SA8000 label may be used on product labels to highlight the specific processes that were conducted in a certified facility.

Cred­ib­il­ity 90%

  • Availability of Scheme Structure
  • Independence of Scheme Owner from Certificate Holder
  • Availability of Standard
  • Public Consultation of Standard
  • Availability of Standard-Setting Process
  • Standard Review
  • Consistent interpretation of the Standard
  • List of Accredited/Approved CABs
  • Procedure on Remediation
  • CAB Complaints Mechanism
  • Defined Duration of Certificate / License
  • Clarity of claim
  • Scheme Legal Status
  • Information on Sources of Finance
  • Incorporation of Stakeholder feedback
  • Documented Assessment Methodology
  • Level of Conformity Assessment
  • Claims Policy
  • Scheme Management
    Governance structures and management of the scheme
    78/100
    • Governance
      86/100
      • Does the scheme owner make its organisational structure available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
      • Is the scheme owner a legal entity, or an organization that is a partnership of legal entities, or a government or inter-governmental agency?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)
      • Is there a mechanism by which the top decision-making body members are accountable to all stakeholders?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)
      • Do the voting procedures of the top decision-making body ensure that there is a balanced representation of stakeholder interests, where no single interest predominates?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner make quantitative information on the income sources or financing structure of the scheme available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner have an internal quality management system available?
        Answer: Yes (on request)
        Score: 70/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
      • Is the scheme owner economically independent from the certificate holder?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner have sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        SAI advances human rights at workplaces. We envision a world where workers, businesses, and communities thrive together. http://www.sa-intl.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&pageId=1928

      • Does the scheme owner have a strategy for meeting its sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
    • Impact
      66/100
      • Does the scheme owner have a system in place for measuring its impacts and progress towards its sustainability goals?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner use the results of monitoring and evaluation for learning and improvements to its programme?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner make sustainability results from M&E available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Supporting Strategies
      67/100
      • Does the scheme provide access to technical assistance for compliance with the standard?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme provide access to technical assistance beyond compliance with the standard?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme provide access to finance for enterprises seeking certification?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
  • Standard-Setting
    Standard development and revision
    100/100
    • Is the standard made available free of charge?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (70 points)
      • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
    • Has a set of key sustainability issues in the sector or product lifecycle been defined in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)

      Source:

      The Standard Revision Committee (SRC) of SAI’s multi-stakeholder Advisory Board (AB) led the revision process [...] provided by the AB, SAI and Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS) senior management and commentators involved in the 2008 revision. Based on this input, the SRC drafted a preliminary version of the 2014 revision. That draft was then reviewed by 33 targeted subject-matter and management system experts from relevant stakeholder groups, including industrial and agricultural businesses, trade unions, NGOs and academia. [...] See: SA8000_2014 Drafters Notes p. 3, available at: //www.sa-intl.org/_data/n_0001/resources/live/SA8000%202014%20Drafters%20Notes.pdf

    • Are the standard-setting procedures or a public summary of how stakeholders can engage made available?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (70 points)
      • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • No (0 points)

      Source:

      See: //www.sa-intl.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&pageId=1546 SA8000_2014 Public consultation and http://www.sa-intl.org/_data/n_0001/resources/live/SA8000_2014_Public_Consultation_Discussion_and_Analysis_Paper.pdf

    • Which stakeholders can participate in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: All stakeholders
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Members only (10 points)
      • Invitation only (70 points)
      • All stakeholders (100 points)
    • Are stakeholders who are directly affected by the standard provided opportunities to participate in standard setting?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)
    • Are draft standards field tested / piloted for relevance and auditability during the development process?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)

      Source:

      Fourth edition- SA8000:2014 The revision process started with the SRC’s review of a list of issues that had arisen since 2008 [...] Based on this input, the SRC drafted a preliminary version of the 2014 revision. That draft was then reviewed by 33 targeted subject-matter and management system experts [...]These experts submitted their comments by completing a detailed survey. The SRC edited the preliminary draft according to[...]This internal consultation resulted in a third draft, which was posted online for a sixty-day public consultation process[...]The results of this public consultation period informed the final draft of the revision, which the AB approved by consensus at its May 2014 meeting. Drafters note

    • Does the scheme owner provide information on how the input received from consultations has been included in the final version of the standard?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (70 points)
      • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • No (0 points)

      Source:

      See: SA8000_2014 Public consultation (pdf report and excel file) and //www.sa-intl.org/_data/n_0001/resources/live/SA8000_2014_Public_Consultation_Discussion_and_Analysis_Paper.pdf

    • Do the voting procedures of the decision-making body responsible for standard setting ensure that there is a balanced representation of stakeholder interests?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)
    • Is the standard reviewed and, if necessary, revised at least every 5 years?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)
    • Does the scheme ensure that guidance is in place to support consistent interpretation of the standard?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)
    • Are there procedures and guidance for application or interpretation of the standard to regional contexts?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Does the scheme owner have a complaints mechanism for the standard-setting process?
      Answer: Yes, publicly
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (70 points)
      • Yes, publicly (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
  • Assurance
    Mechanisms for assessment of compliance with the standard
    85/100
    • Assurance System
      74/100
      • Is there a documented assessment methodology for CABs to assess compliance with the standard?
        Answer: Yes publicly avilable
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly avilable (100 points)
      • Is application (to get certified/verified) open to all potential applicants within the scope of the scheme?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have an assessment fee schedule?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly avilable (100 points)
      • Are levels of all costs and fees incurred by applicants and certificate holders/licencees based on programme costs and kept as low as possible?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have a documented complaints mechanism in place for compliance decisions?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly available (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner make, or require CABs to make, summary certification/verification reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) available?
        Answer: No (confidential)
        Score: 10/100
        Possible answers
        • No (no reports) (0 points)
        • No (confidential) (10 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • Does the certificate or license define the duration for which it is valid?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)

        Source:

        The length of the cycle is limited to three years. See also SAAS Procedure 201A -Certificate template and SAAS Procedure 200:2015 7.2 Certification cycle

      • Does the certificate or license define the scope of assurance?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        Procedure 201A:2015: Accreditation Requirements for SA8000:2014 Certification Audits

      • Does the scheme owner maintain or require CABs to maintain a publicly accessible list of certified or verified enterprises, or a list of verified products/product groups, or a list of members (in case of membership-based initiatives)?
        Answer: Yes incl. scope of certificate or license
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (70 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes incl. scope of certificate or license (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner maintain a list of all accredited/approved CABs?
        Answer: Yes (publicly)
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes (publicly) (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner review their assurance system on a periodic basis?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Annual (0 points)
        • Every 3 years (100 points)
        • Every 5 years (0 points)
        • Ad hoc (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that clients and other affected stakeholders are notified of changes to the assurance requirements?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        9.1.5 All requirements in this procedure which relate to SA8000 clients SHALL be written into the contract with the SA8000 client so that the client clearly understands what is required and accepts those terms upon signing the client contract. For additional details, reference Procedure 201A.

      • Does the scheme owner allow partial certification by an enterprise, with requirements to increase the percentage of certified produce over time?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented assessment methodology for CABs that are assessing chain of custody?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • yes publicly available (100 points)
        • yes available on request (70 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Conformity Assessment
      89/100
      • Conformity Assessment Process
        100/100
        • What is the most independent type of conformity assessment required by the scheme?
          Answer: 3rd party
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • 1st party (10 points)
          • 2nd party (70 points)
          • 3rd party (100 points)
          • (0 points)
          • (0 points)

          Source:

          See: SAAS procedure 201A 9. General principles

        • Does the scheme owner define guidelines for decision-making to ensure that CABs use consistent procedures for determining compliance of clients with the standard?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)

          Source:

          See: SAAS procedure 201A See Definitions and specially chapters 15.9, 22.

        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have a procedure in place for how clients are required to address non-conformities, including when a certificate or license is suspended or revoked?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • yes (100 points)

          Source:

          See: SAAS procedure 201A, 22.

      • Sustainability Audits
        100/100
        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17021, ISO/IEC 17020 or equivalent?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (100 points)
          • Not Applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          See: SAAS procedure 201A, 9

        • At least how often do clients undergo a full audit process?
          Answer: 1 year or less
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • 1 year or less (100 points)
          • 1-2 years (100 points)
          • 2-3 years (80 points)
          • 4-5 years (50 points)
          • 5 years or more (10 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          16.1.10 Each surveillance audit SHALL re-examine, in addition to the items mentioned in Table 10 below, additional SA8000 elements, so that all elements of the SA8000 Standard SHALL have been re-examined within each three year cycle. => However Surveillance Audits are at least yearly. See: SAAS procedure 201A, 16

        • Is the frequency of an audit based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          d) Only those clients in the lower risk countries may be a candidate for less frequent surveillances. Risk level is identified in the SA8000 Certification Country Risk Assessment Process (see www.saasaccreditation.org/accreditation-requirements and Certification Country Risk Assessment Process in the Definitions section of this document). See: SAAS procedure 201A, 16.1.7 d)

        • What type of activities are CABs required to undertake during a full audit?
          Answer: Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review)
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Document review (off-site) only (10 points)
          • Document review on-site (70 points)
          • Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review) (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          See: SAAS procedure 201A, 15, Table 5, Audit steps

        • Does the scheme owner allow or require CABs to do unscheduled audits?
          Answer: Required
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Allowed (70 points)
          • Required (100 points)
          • Not allowed (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          16.2.1 All CBs SHALL conduct unannounced audits during every three-year certification cycle. See: SAAS procedure 201A, 16.2 Unannounced Surveillance Audits

        • Are auditors required to solicit external stakeholder input during the audit process?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          See: SAAS procedure 201A, 13.2.2 c), d); 15, Table 5 Stakeholder engagement

        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to follow a consistent report format?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          See: SAAS procedure 201A, 23. and updated certification ausit report template

        • Are the people making the compliance decision different from those engaged in the audit process?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          24.1.1 l) The final audit report, including the opening and closing meeting attendance records, photographs, positive reporting notes and checklists completed by each auditor and the audit team, and their recommendation regarding granting or continuation of certification. See SAAS procedure 201A and 201B

        • Does the scheme allow for group certification or verification?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Group Certification
        54/100
        • Is the group required to have an internal management system?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Is there a requirement that at least all group sites are visited during the period of validity of the certificate?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Depending on the number of sites there is a number of 'full audits' and 'limited scope audits' defined See: SAAS procedure 201A, 21.5

        • Is there a sample size formula to determine the number of group members that is externally verified?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 70/100
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (70 points)
          • Yes based on risk assessment (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          See: SAAS procedure 201A, 21.5 Table 18.

        • Do the requirements on group certification/verification define the conditions under which a group member shall be suspended or removed from a group?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • Member suspended from certification (0 points)
          • Member removed from a group (100 points)
          • Group suspension (0 points)
          • No repercussion (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          NA since the entire organization is regarded as one unit

      • Chain of Custody
        100/100
        • Does the scheme owner require CoC CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17020, ISO/IEC 17021, or ISO/IEC 17065 or equivalent?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • What is the most independent type of CoC conformity assessment required by the scheme?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • 1st party (0 points)
          • 2nd party (70 points)
          • 3rd party (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • What type of activities are CoC CABs required to undertake during a full CoC assessment?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Document review (off-site) only (10 points)
          • Document review on-site (70 points)
          • Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review) (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner require all enterprises that are physically handling the certified product to undergo a CoC audit if the product can be destined for retail sale as a certified, labelled product?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Laboratory Testing
        75/100
        • In the documented assessment methodology, are test methods either referred to or included?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (on request) (70 points)
          • Yes publicly (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner require laboratories to be accredited according to recognized laboratory accreditation standards?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes to ISO 17025 (100 points)
          • Yes to other recognized standards (70 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Are there rules on random sampling and testing for the compliance monitoring?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • Each month (0 points)
          • Each quarter (100 points)
          • Each 6 months (0 points)
          • Surprise tests (0 points)
          • Ad hoc (0 points)
        • Is there a procedure to deal with non-compliant products manufactured by a client / licensee?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Auditor Competencies
      100/100
      • Does the scheme owner define specific qualifications and competencies for CAB auditors?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        See: SAAS Procedure 201B

      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete training on the standard and its interpretation?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        See: SAAS Procedure 201B

      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete auditor training based on ISO 19011, or equivalent?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Have Passed an IRCA or similar Certified 5-Day Social Accountability/ISO 9001/ISO 14001/OHSAS 18001 Lead Auditor Course. See: SAAS Procedure 201B, Annex A, 4.2.

      • Does the scheme owner require that new auditors have a probationary period where their competence in an audit is assessed or supervised?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        2) Have successfully completed as an 'Auditor Trainee” under the direct guidance/supervision of a qualified SA8000 Lead Auditor at least three SA8000 audits. (One of which SHALL be an initial certification or recertification audit). See: SAAS Procedure 201B, Annex A, 4.2.

      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors are evaluated at least every 3 years?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner have or require that CABs have a continuing professional development program in place?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        See: SAAS Procedure 201B, Annex A, 4.2. Annual maintainance requirements

      • Does the scheme owner require that there are repercussions such as probation or suspension for the misconduct or poor performance of CAB personnel?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Accreditation / Oversight
      83/100
      • Does the scheme require a documented accreditation or oversight mechanism?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly available (100 points)

        Source:

        See: //www.saasaccreditation.org/accreditation-programs and SAAS Procedure 201A, 1.2 'Routes to SAAS Accreditation'

      • Does the scheme owner require ISO 17011 compliance for ABs?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        [..} This process ensures 364 that SAAS operates in accordance with ISO/IEC 17011:2004. See: SAAS Procedure 201A, 1.1

      • Is the accreditation or oversight body independent from the scheme owner?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        http://www.sa-intl.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&pageId=617 SAI-> Scheme owner SAAS-> Accreditation body

      • How often do assurance providers undergo a full accreditation or oversight assessment?
        Answer: 4-5 years
        Score: 50/100
        Possible answers
        • <1 year (100 points)
        • 1 year (100 points)
        • 2-3 years (80 points)
        • 4-5 years (50 points)
        • >5 years (10 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        […] When granted, SAAS accreditation for the SA8000 program is generally valid for a period of four years. See: SAAS Procedure 201A, 1.1

      • Is the frequency of an accreditation or oversight assessment based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        See: SAAS Procedure 201A, 1.9 'continuance of accreditation'

      • Does the scheme owner ensure that all CABs are free to apply to operate under the scheme, irrespective of their country of residence, size and of the existing number of providers already operating under the scheme?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        See: //www.saasaccreditation.org/apply

      • Does the scheme owner accept CABs that are accredited/accepted by ABs to similar or generic scopes (proxy accreditation)?
        Answer: No
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (100 points)
        • Yes (0 points)
        • Yes assess scheme-specific competence (80 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to have a documented complaints mechanism in place for compliance decisions?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        http://www.sa-intl.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&pageId=1459#Appeals and also complaint form in SAAS (AB) website here: //www.saasaccreditation.org/complaints

      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to have a procedure in place for how CABs are required to address non-conformities using a corrective action process?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        See: SAAS Procedure 201A, 1.13

      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to make summary accreditation/oversight reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) available?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner ensure that the accreditation or oversight assessment includes an on-site assessment of the CAB?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        See: SAAS Procedure 201A, 1.5 mainly,1.5.3, 1.5.8, 1.5.9

      • Does the scheme owner ensure that the accreditation or oversight process includes a review of the performance of CABs and auditors in the field?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        See: SAAS Procedure 201A, 1.5, mainly 1.5.10

  • Claims & Traceability
    Claims and labelling policy and chain of custody
    100/100
    • Traceability
      100/100
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented Chain of Custody standard or other traceability requirements?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly available (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • In terms of the level of traceability, which is the least strict CoC model that the scheme allows?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Segregation (100 points)
        • Mass Balance (70 points)
        • Certificate Trading (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Are there any CoC requirements for non-certified material, in case mixing of certified with uncertified inputs is allowed?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to verify that all enterprises within the chain maintain accurate and accessible records that allow any certified product or batch of products to be traceable from the point of sale to the buyer?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Are companies required to keep CoC records for at least the term of certificate validity?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme have a traceability system that enables checking of product flow between links of the supply chain?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Claims & Labelling
      100/100
      • Does the scheme owner make documented requirements governing the use of symbols, logos and claims available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)

        Source:

        See: SA8000LogoGuidance (version 2012)

      • Do claims and labelling requirements ensure that claims or logos clearly indicate to what they apply?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        See: SA8000LogoGuidance (version 2012) 2.

      • Do claims requirements specify the types of claims that can be made for different types of CoC models, where the scheme owner allows for more than one model?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Are claims and label users required to use unique license numbers or other tracking mechanisms?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require surveillance of the accurate use of claims and labels in the market, including a complaints mechanism to report misuse?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme require different claims depending on the percentage of certified / verified content in a product?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • What is the minimum percentage of a certified / verified input in a single ingredient product for a claim to be allowed for that product?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • 0-49% (25 points)
        • 50-74% (50 points)
        • 75-94% (80 points)
        • 95-100% (100 points)
        • Not specified (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • What is the minimum percentage of certified / verified material in a composite product for a claim to be allowed for that product?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • 0-20% (25 points)
        • 21-50% (50 points)
        • 51-74% (80 points)
        • 75-100% (100 points)
        • Not specified (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Is the label accompanied by an explanatory text claim or a link to further information?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        See: SA8000LogoGuidance (version 2012), 3 c) […] This means that the logo may not be placed directly on any product or product packaging. 5.

      • Does the scheme have a procedure that defines specific consequences of misuse of claims?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

En­vir­on­ment 2%

  • Prohibition of Chemicals Harmful to the Environment
  • Thresholds for Wastewater Parameters (Basic)
  • Prohibition of Chemicals Harmful to Human Health - Textile
  • Hazardous chemicals - substances of very high concern under REACH
  • Limit Values for Chemical Residues
  • Requirements for the Production of Natural Fibres
  • Chemicals
    Restriction and handling of (hazardous) chemicals
    0/100
    • Chemical Use
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on chemical use?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Document use of all chemicals (25 points)
        • Increase efficiency/reduce chemical use (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        there is no explicit reference in the standard

      • Does the standard include criteria on chemicals listed on the REACH Candidate List as substances of very high concern?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of biocides in the finishing process?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of formaldehyde?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of nanomaterials?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of flame retardants?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Prohibit use of halogenated flame retardants (80 points)
        • Prohibit use of halogenated and other flame retardants (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on biodegredability of substances?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on H statements H400, H410, H411?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Prohibit use for some applications (60 points)
        • Prohibit use for all applications (80 points)
        • Prohibit use of additional H statements for all applications (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on H statements H300, H310, H330, H340, H341, H350, H351, H360, H361, H370, H371?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Prohibit use for some applications (60 points)
        • Prohibit use for all applications (80 points)
        • Prohibit use of additional H statements for all applications (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on testing the final product regarding residues of chemicals?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Limit values for less or equal than 10 residues are defined (50 points)
        • Limit values for more than 10 residues are defined (100 points)
    • Handling of Hazardous Substances
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on storage and labelling of chemicals?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on selective and targeted application of chemicals?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on training on chemicals handling and exposure?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on specific procedures/controls to deal with pollution incidents (to mitigate environmental impacts)?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
  • Water
    Water usage and wastewater treatment
    0/100
    • Water Use
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on water consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor volumes of water consumption over time (50 points)
        • Monitor water volumes & increase efficiency (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        there is no explicit reference in the standard

        Referenzdokumente:

        II p4

    • Wastewater
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on wastewater quality and wastewater treatment?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor wastewater quality over time (25 points)
        • Treat wastewater (75 points)
        • Treat wastewater with parameters defined to ensure appropriate quality of wastewater (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        there is no explicit reference in the standard

      • Does the standard include criteria on wastewater volumes (per unit of production)?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor wastewater volumes over time (25 points)
        • Limit wastewater volumes (100 points)
      • Does the standard include threshold values on basic wastewater parameters?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Only for one production step (50 points)
        • For different production steps (100 points)
      • Does the standard include threshold values on advanced wastewater parameters?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Not all of these parameters are covered (85 points)
        • All of these parameters are covered (100 points)
  • Inputs
    Requirements on the materials used in the final product
    0/100
    • Fibres
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on the production of natural fibres?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Fibres are extensively tested for agrochemical residues (40 points)
        • Fibres are extensively tested for agrochemical residues AND production follows IPM (50 points)
        • Less than 50% of fibres is organic (non-organic fibres has to be tested for agrochemical residues) (60 points)
        • 51% - 90% of fibres is organic (non-organic fibres has to be tested for agrochemical residues) (80 points)
        • More than 90% of fibres is organic (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the production of synthetic fibers?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • General criteria (25 points)
        • Specific criteria depending on different types of synthetic fibers (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the usage of recycled material?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Use of recycled material in packaging (10 points)
        • Use of recycled material in product (90 points)
        • Use of recycled material in packaging and product (100 points)
  • Quality
    Usability und durability of products
    0/100
    • Quality and Suitability
      0/100
      • Does the standard cover criteria on the quality of textiles?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Less than four aspects are tested (75 points)
        • All four aspects (fastness of rubbing/ perspiration/ light/ washing) are tested (100 points)
  • Energy
    Energy consumption and renewable energy
    0/100
    • Energy Consumption
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on energy consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor energy consumption over time (50 points)
        • Increase efficiency/reduce energy consumption OR increase use of renewables (90 points)
        • Increase efficiency/reduce energy consumption AND increase use of renewables (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        there is no explicit reference in the standard

        Referenzdokumente:

        II p4

  • Waste & Air Pollution
    Reduction and management of waste and air pollutants
    0/100
    • Waste Production
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on volumes of waste?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor volumes of waste over time (50 points)
        • Reduce volumes of waste (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on re-using or recycling waste on-site?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        there is no explicit reference in the standard

      • Does the standard include criteria on toxicity of waste?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Document toxic waste (25 points)
        • Reduce and/or treat toxic waste (100 points)
    • Waste Management
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on waste management in the production phase?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        there is no explicit reference in the standard

      • Does the standard include criteria on waste segregation?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on safe disposal of hazardous waste?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on uncontrolled on-site waste burning?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict waste burning (75 points)
        • Prohibit waste burning (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        There is no specific requirement in the standard which addresses this issue.

      • Does the standard include criteria on uncontrolled waste landfilling?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict waste landfilling (75 points)
        • Prohibit waste landfilling (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on handling or disposal of waste by third parties?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Keep records on third party contractors (25 points)
        • Evaluate third party contractors (in terms of suitability and disposal/treatment methods) (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        There is no specific requirement in the standard which addresses this issue.

    • Air pollution (excl. GHG) & Immission
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on air pollution?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor emissions over time (50 points)
        • Reduce emissions (through end-of-pipe technology) (90 points)
        • Increase emission efficiency (reduce emissions at source) (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        There is no specific requirement in the standard which addresses this issue.

      • For which production phase does the standard include criteria on air pollution?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • For some production steps (50 points)
        • For all production steps (100 points)
  • Environmental Management
    Sound environmental management practices
    30/100
    • Environmental Management
      30/100
      • Does the standard include a general criterion on compliance with all relevant local, regional and national environmental laws and regulations?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        The organisation shall comply with local, national and all other applicable laws, prevailing industrystandards, other requirements to which the organisation subscribes and this Standard. […]

        Referenzdokumente:

        II (p.5)

      • Does the standard include criteria to ensure that relevant and up-to-date permits are held (such as water use rights or land use titles)?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on assessing the environmental risks and impacts of production/operations prior to any significant intensification or expansion of business operations/cultivation and infrastructure?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        There is no specific requirement in the standard which addresses this issue.

      • Does the standard include criteria on mitigating negative environmental impacts prior to production/operation?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        There is no specific requirement in the standard which addresses this issue.

      • Does the standard include criteria on stakeholder engagement to achieve environmental targets?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Maintain stakeholder lists (25 points)
        • Inform appropriate stakeholders on environmental targets (50 points)
        • Consult appropriate stakeholders to achieve environmental targets (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        There is no specific requirement in the standard which addresses this issue.


So­cio-E­co­nom­ic 74%

  • Prohibition and Abolition of Forced Labour
  • Prohibition of Child Labour (Minimum Age/ILO 138)
  • Freedom of Association
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Prohibition of Worst Forms of Child Labour
  • Equal Remuneration (manufacturing stage)
  • Non-Discrimination (manufacturing stage)
  • Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Workers' Rights and Benefits of Sub-Contractors
  • Labour Contracts
  • Working Hours (manufacturing stage)
  • Labour Rights and Working Conditions
    Workers’ rights and working conditions
    92/100
    • Basic Labour Rights
      90/100
      • Child Labour
        100/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the prohibition of child labour as defined under ILO 138?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall also respect the principles of the following international instruments: […] ILO Convention 138 and Recommendation 146 (Minimum Age)

          Referenzdokumente:

          II

        • Does the standard cover requirements on the prevention of worst forms of child labour as defined under ILO 182?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall also respect the principles of the following international instruments: […] ILO Convention 182 (Worst Forms of Child Labour)

          Referenzdokumente:

          II (p. 5)

        • Does the standard require that assistance be provided to replaced child workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall establish, document, maintain and effectively communicate to personneland other interested parties, written policies and procedures for remediation of child labourers,and shall provide adequate financial and other support to enable such children to attend andremain in school until no longer a child as defined above.

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV 1.2

        • Does the standard require verification and documentation of age of (young) workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Verifiable proof of age documentation is maintained for every worker.

          Referenzdokumente:

          1.3 (p.4)

        • Does the standard include criteria on special treatment of young workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation may employ young workers, but where such young workers are subject tocompulsory education laws, they shall work only outside of school hours. Under no circumstances shall any young worker’s school, work and transportation time exceed acombined total of 10 hours per day, and in no case shall young workers work more than 8 hours a day. Young workers may not work during night hours. […] The organisation shall not expose children or young workers to any situations – in or outside of the workplace – that are hazardous or unsafe to their physical and mental health anddevelopment.

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV 1.3 & 1.4

      • Wages and Benefits
        95/100
        • Does the standard require paying wages sufficient to meet basic needs of the worker and his or her family (living wage)?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall respect the right of personnel to a living wage and ensure that wages fora normal work week, not including overtime, shall always meet at least legal or industryminimum standards, or collective bargaining agreements (where applicable).

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV 8.1

        • Does the standard require paying legal minimum wages and social benefits?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall respect the right of personnel to a living wage and ensure that wages fora normal work week, not including overtime, shall always meet at least legal or industryminimum standards, or collective bargaining agreements (where applicable).

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV 8.1

        • Does the standard require compensating overtime?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          All overtime work shall be voluntary, except [in cases where overtime work is needed in order to meet short-term business demand and the organisation is party to a freely negotiated collective bargaining agreement representing a significant portion of its workforce]... [...] All overtime shall be reimbursed at a premium rate as defined by national law or established by a collective bargaining agreement.

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV 7.3, 7.4, 8.4

        • Does the standard require paid leave?
          Answer: one out of 3 (casual/ sick/ annual)
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 50/100
          Possible answers
          • one out of 3 (casual/ sick/ annual) (50 points)
          • two out of three (75 points)
          • all (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall comply with applicable laws, collective bargaining agreements (whereapplicable) and industry standards on working hours, breaks and public holidays.

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV 7.1

        • Does the standard require wages being paid in a timely, regular and convenient manner understood by all employees?
          Answer: yes, all
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • yes, some (70 points)
          • yes, all (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall ensure that personnel’s wages and benefits composition are detailed 2clearly and regularly to them in writing for each pay period. The organisation shall lawfully render all wages and benefits due in a manner convenient to workers, but in no circumstances in delayed or restricted forms, such as vouchers, coupons or promissory notes.

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV. 8.3

      • Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
        100/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on freedom of association and the right to organize as described in ILO 87?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          All personnel shall have the right to form, join and organise trade union(s) of their choice and to bargain collectively on their behalf with the organisation. The organisation shall respect this right and shall effectively inform personnel that they are free to join a worker organisation of their choosing without any negative consequences or retaliation from the organisation. The organisation shall not interfere in any way with the establishment, functioning or administration of workers’ organisation(s) or collective bargaining.

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV 4.1

        • Does the standard include criteria on the right to collective bargaining, as laid down by ILO 98?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          All personnel shall have the right to form, join and organise trade union(s) of their choice and to bargain collectively on their behalf with the organisation. The organisation shall respect this right and shall effectively inform personnel that they are free to join a worker organisation of their choosing without any negative consequences or retaliation from the organisation. The organisation shall not interfere in any way with the establishment, functioning or administration of workers’ organisation(s) or collective bargaining.

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV.4.1

        • Does the standard include criteria on the formation of workers representations where freedom of association is restricted by law?
          Answer: promote
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • allow (90 points)
          • promote (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          In situations where the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining are restricted under law, the organisation shall allow workers to freely elect their own representatives.

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV 4.2

        • Does the standard include criteria on worker grievance mechanisms?
          Answer: +monitor, follow up on and inform about outcome of grievances
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • define policy and procedure (50 points)
          • +monitor, follow up on and inform about outcome of grievances (75 points)
          • +no retribution (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall establish a written grievance procedure that is confidential, unbiased, non-retaliatory and accessible and available to personnel and interested parties to make comments, recommendations, reports or complaints concerning the workplace and/or non-conformances to the SA8000 Standard. […] The organisation shall have procedures for investigating, following up on and communicating the outcome of complaints concerning the workplace and/or non-conformances to this Standard or of its implementing policies and procedures. These results shall be freely available to all personnel and, upon request, to interested parties.

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV 9.6.1 & 9.6.2

      • Answer:
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Voluntary Labour
        100/100
        • Does the standard prohibit forced and compulsory labour as defined in ILO 29 and 105?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall also respect the principles of the following international instruments: […] ILO Conventions 29 (Forced Labour) and 105 (Abolition of Forced Labour)

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV. 2.ii (p.5)

        • Does the standard include criteria on the freedom of movemenent of employees?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Personnel shall have the right to leave the workplace premises after completing the standard workday and be free to terminate their employment provided that they give reasonable notice to their organisation.

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV 2.4

        • Does the standard prohibit the withholding of workers' documents?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Neither the organisation nor any entity supplying labour to the organisation shall withhold any part of any personnel’s salary, benefits, property or documents in order to force such personnel to continue working for the organisation.

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV 2.2

      • Gender
        65/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on having policies and/ or processes in place that prevent discrimination of women and men in the workplace?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard address the payment of equal wages as defined in ILO 100?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall not engage in or support discrimination in […] remuneration [...] based on race, national or territorial or social origin, caste, birth, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, maritalstatus, union membership, political opinions, age or any other condition that could give rise to discrimination.

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV. 5.1

        • Does the standard include criteria on the right to maternity leave (as defined in ILO 183)?
          Answer: full compliance
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • partial compliance (50 points)
          • full compliance (90 points)
          • beyond 183 (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall also respect the principles of the following international instruments: [...] ILO Convention 183 (Maternity Protection)

          Referenzdokumente:

          II

      • Non-Discrimination
        90/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the non-discrimination in the workplace, as defined in ILO 111?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall not engage in or support discrimination in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, national or territorial or social origin, caste, birth, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, marital status, union membership, political opinions, age or any other condition that could give rise to discrimination.

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV. 5.1

        • Does the standard include criteria on the non-discrimination of persons with disabilities?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
      • Working Hours
        100/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on working hours, as defined in ILO Convention 1?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall comply with applicable laws, collective bargaining agreements (whereapplicable) and industry standards on working hours, breaks and public holidays. The normal work week, not including overtime, shall be defined by law but shall not exceed 48 hours.

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV.7.1

      • Scope of Labour Rights
        100/100
        • Do worker's rights and benefits set out by the standard apply to all forms of work?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall not use labour-only contracting arrangements, consecutive short-termcontracts and/or false apprenticeship or other schemes to avoid meeting its obligations topersonnel under applicable laws and regulations pertaining to labour and social security.

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV. 8.5

        • Do the standard's rights and benefits for workers also apply to sub-contracted labour?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall conduct due diligence on its suppliers/subcontractors, privateemployment agencies and sub-suppliers’ compliance with the SA8000 Standard

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV 9.10.1

        • Does the standard include criteria on the establishment of labour contracts compliant with national legal requirements?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The company shall not use labour-only contracting arrangements, consecutive short-term contracts, and/or false apprenticeship schemes to avoid fulfilling its obligations to personnel under applicable laws pertaining to labour and social security legislation and regulations.

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV. 8.5

      • Labour Rights Management
        0/100
        • Does the standard include requirements on setting up policies or procedures to manage basic labour rights in the workplace?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
    • Answer:
      Score: 0/100
      Possible answers
    • Answer:
      Score: 0/100
      Possible answers
    • Health and Safety
      98/100
      • Workers Health
        100/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on occupational health and safety, as defined in ILO 155?
          Answer: full compliance with ILO 155
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • partial compliance with ILO 155 (70 points)
          • full compliance with ILO 155 (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall also respect the principles of the following international instruments: […] ILO Convention 155 and Recommendation 164. SA8000requires the establishment of policies, procedures, organization, planning, measuring, auditing and reviewing health and safety performance, to prevent workplace hazards and risks at their source and to seek continual improvement.

          Referenzdokumente:

          II (p, 5); 3 Health &* Safety, 1. (p. 30)

        • Does the standard include requirements on workplace conditions?
          Answer: yes, all
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • yes, some (50 points)
          • yes, all (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          2. Work areas have adequate lighting, ventilation and temperature controls. 4. Employees are not subjected to noise levels greater than 85 decibels for more than 8 hours perday without the use of hearing protection

          Referenzdokumente:

          WATER, AIR, NOISE AND TEMPERATURE (p.7)

        • Does the standard require policies and procedures to manage health and safety in the workplace?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall establish documented procedures to detect, prevent, minimise, eliminate or otherwise respond to potential risks to the health and safety of personnel. The organisation shall maintain written records of all health and safety incidents that occur in the workplace and in all residences and property provided by the organisation, whether it owns, leases or contracts the residences or property from a service provider.

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV 3.7

      • Access to Medical Services
        76/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the access to basic medical services for workers?
          Answer: only treatment of acute work-related accidents / illness
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 70/100
          Possible answers
          • only treatment of acute work-related accidents / illness (70 points)
          • work-related accidents plus preventative care (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          In the event of a work-related injury the organisation shall provide first aid and assist the worker in obtaining follow-up medical treatment.

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV 3.3

        • Does the standard require compensation payments/ covering of costs in case of work related accidents and injuries?
          Answer: full coverage of costs
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • partial coverage of costs (50 points)
          • full coverage of costs (90 points)
          • compensation (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Rehabilitation and compensation: Workers injured in workplace accidents or suffering from work related diseases often lose their jobs and the working capacity to seek another job. In such cases, companies must ensure that the affected workers are provided with adequate rehabilitation and/ or compensation. First aid assistance and follow-up medical treatment must be provided. Long-term medical treatment might be necessary if a serious injury occurs at the workplace.

          Referenzdokumente:

          I.D.3.12 (p30)

      • Sanitation
        100/100
        • Does the standard require that workers have access to safe drinking water?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall provide, for use by all personnel, free access to: […] potable water […]

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV. 3.8

        • Does the standard require access to clean and improved sanitation facilities?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall provide, for use by all personnel, free access to: clean toilet facilities. If the company provides dormitory facilities, it is recommended that […] he facilities […] have adequate and culturally appropriate toilets and warm showers

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV 3.8

      • Building and Fire Safety
        100/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on building safety?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall provide a safe and healthy workplace environment and shall take effective steps to prevent potential health and safety incidents and occupational injury or illness arising out of, associated with or occurring in the course of work. It shall minimise or eliminate, so far as is reasonably practicable, the causes of all hazards in the workplace environment [...]

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV 3.1

        • Does the standard cover fire-preparedness?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Fire drills take place at least once per year for all shifts. All personnel, including new personnel, know the drill procedure and consider it routine. [...] Automated fire safety systems (fire detection, smoke detection, alarm, fixed or mobile extinguisher systems) exist and are subject to routine checking and maintenance [...] 3. Evacuation plans are posted at regular intervals by the organisation in the workplace and in residences and property provided by the organisation, in the language(s) of the workers, with a clear “You are here” mark. 4. Signs that indicate the identity of the first aid providers, fire wardens, emergency response team and the manager in charge of health and safety are posted conspicuously in the workplace.

          Referenzdokumente:

          p. 5

        • Does the standard include criteria on evacuation safety?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          A documented emergency preparedness and response plan that outlines the actions that all personnel should take in case of fire and/or other emergencies (manmade and/or natural disasters) is available. The plan clearly defines the persons responsible for preventing, reducing the impact of, and addressing any such emergency event.

          Referenzdokumente:

          3. Emergency Preparedness 1.

      • Prohibition of Harassment and Abuse (manufacturing stage)
        100/100
        • Does the standard prohibit harassment or abuse of workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall not allow any behaviour that is threatening, abusive, exploitative orsexually coercive, including gestures, language and physical contact, in the workplace and in allresidences and property provided by the organisation, whether it owns, leases or contracts theresidences or property from a service provider.

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV 5.3

  • Business Practice and Ethical Issues
    Legality and ethics in business practice
    50/100
    • Economic Development and Fair Business Practice
      62/100
      • Economic Sustainability
        40/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the provision of professional training for workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall provide to personnel, on a regular basis, effective health and safety training, including on-site training and, where needed, job-specific training. Such training shall also be repeated for new and reassigned personnel, where incidents have occurred, and when changes in technology and/or the introduction of new machinery present new risks to the health and safety of personnel.

          Referenzdokumente:

          IV. 3.6

        • Does the standard include criteria on business viability?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          there is no explicit reference in the standard

        • Does the standard include criteria on management plans for continuous improvement?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          There is no specific requirement in the standard which addresses this issue.

        • Does the standard include criteria on improving productivity?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          there is no explicit reference in the standard

      • Legality
        100/100
        • Does the standard include a requirement for compliance with relevant local, regional and national laws and regulations?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The organisation shall comply with local, national and all other applicable laws, prevailing industrystandards, other requirements to which the organisation subscribes and this Standard. […]

          Referenzdokumente:

          II (p.5)

        • Does the standard include criteria on business legality?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          9.8.2 The SPT shall maintain records, including timelines, that list, at minimum, non-conformances related to SA8000, their root causes, the corrective and preventive actions taken and implementation results.

          Referenzdokumente:

          9.8.2

      • Responsible Sourcing Practices
        0/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on price premiums?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          there is no explicit reference in the standard

        • Does the standard's rights and benefits for workers also apply to input suppliers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on reducing time pressure for suppliers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
    • Corruption and Bribery
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on the prevention of corruption and bribery?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        The company shall comply with national and all other applicable laws.

        Referenzdokumente:

        II. p 4

      • Does the standard include criteria on conducting a due diligence assessment of business partners, including subsidiaries and contractors?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        There is no specific requirement in the standard which addresses this issue.

      • Does the standard include criteria on training workers in positions of responsibility workers on issues of corruption and bribery?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        There is no specific requirement in the standard which addresses this issue.

  • Social & Cultural Rights and Community Engagement
    Basic economic, social and cultural rights
    0/100
    • Social and Cultural Rights
      0/100
      • Local Economic Development
        0/100
        • Does the standard include criteria relating to a preference to purchase local materials, goods, products and services?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          There is no specific requirement in the standard which addresses this issue.

        • Does the standard include criteria relating to hiring workers from local communities?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          there is no explicit reference in the standard

        • Does the standard include criteria on investment in community development beyond the business' operations?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          there is no explicit reference in the standard

          Referenzdokumente:

        • Does the standard include criteria on not adversely affecting local communities and neigboring small producers access to livelihoods (especially land and water)?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          There is no specific requirement in the standard which addresses this issue.

      • Community Rights
        0/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on dispute resolution mechanisms for affected communities?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • grievance mechanism (75 points)
          • +compensation mechanism (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          There is no specific requirement in the standard which addresses this issue.

        • Does the standard include criteria on the protection of local historical, archaeological, cultural, and spiritual properties and sites?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • protect (75 points)
          • do not impede access (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          There is no specific requirement in the standard which addresses this issue.


Which lifecycle phases are covered by the standard?

Raw materials extraction and production

Cultivation of natural fibers (e.g. cotton) and production of synthetic fibers (e.g. polyester)

Manufacturing

The production and further processing of yarns and fabrics into a finished garment involves many sub-steps (e.g. spinning, weaving and knitting, sewing, tailoring and finishing)

Transportation / distribution

The transport route from one production stage to the next as well as to the end consumer

Products use and consumption

Usage through the owner

End-of-life

Proper disposal of textiles or return of materials to the cycle (recycling)