Social Accountability International (SAI) is a global non-government organization that protects and advances human rights at work. The Library of Congress in the United States includes the SAI as one of the recommended organizations providing policies and guidelines for socially responsible companies. And GOV.UK, the official website of the UK government, mentions the SAI’s workplace certification, the SA8000 as one of two audits that can be used to combat modern slavery in government supply chains.
The SA8000 certification measures organizational practices according to nine criteria:
Organizations that apply for an SA8000 certificate signal to stakeholders and the public that they are committed to creating work environments that protect and promote human rights. Having an SA8000 certification also shows potential investors that your organization is a safe investment.
As ESG (Environmental, social, and corporate governance) investing becomes more prevalent, organizations are under increased pressure to ensure that they are above board and operating ethically. The SA8000 is one of the most well-known certifications for ensuring that commitment.
The SA8000 requires that a company has a written complaint system. This grievance process must be easily accessible, for employees and other interested parties to make complaints, comments, recommendations, or reports about the workplace or violations of SA8000 standards.
The SA8000 also specifies that the complaint system must be unbiased, confidential, and non-retaliatory. Once a report is received, the organization needs to have a clearly outlined process for investigating and following up on complaints concerning the workplace or non-conformance to the SA8000 guidelines.
The results of the investigation and response must be freely available to all personnel and interested parties upon request. Finally, The SA8000 makes it clear that the organization can’t in any way punish, dismiss, or discriminate against a member of staff if they choose to make a complaint.
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