SA8000 is a way for retailers, brand companies, suppliers and other organizations to maintain just and decent working conditions throughout the supply chain. SA8000 is based on international workplace norms in the ILO conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on Rights of the Child.

It covers: Child Labor; Forced Labor; Health and Safety; Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining; Discrimination; Discipline;

Working Hours; Compensation; Management Systems.

SA8000 has achieved considerable awareness internationally. However, most companies have found its requirements to be very strict and have decided not to go for certification. Nevertheless, many have found it to be useful as a guidance document and have claimed unofficial conformance with its requirements.

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