SA 8000/RS 8000 – Social Responsibility
SA 8000/RS 8000 –These are international standards, prepared by a number of certification organizations under general methodology and defines the framework of the organizations’ social responsibility.
It is developed, so that the companies can confirm their social responsibilities in business and performance of the requirements of the state and other labor regulations.
The social responsibility standard was developed on the basis of 12 conventions of the International Labor Organization, the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. SR covers 9 sections, among which are the problematic ones – of child and forced labor, discrimination, work time, health and safety work conditions, etc.
SA 8000/RS 8000 were created, to distinguish the social responsible companies from the other ones, in which people work below the permissible norms. The standard also accepts compliance with local applicable regulations.
The introduction of the social responsibility standard requires creating an adequate policy. The provided management mechanisms guarantee the elimination of potential problems, that can undermine the prestige of the organization or lead to sanctions. The implementation and/or integration of those requirements for social responsibility in the organization’s management system guarantees greater trust by all partners – clients, suppliers, that work in the organization and in community, generally.
A lot of the international corporations require from their suppliers to be socially engaged and to check on their own the performance of the demands for social responsibility through social checks before start negotiating.
The certification under the standards from the group SA 8000/RS 8000 is a manner to prove in front of the interested ones, that the organization really performs the considered rules, and significantly to reduce social checks from potential or real clients.