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SA8000 Certification for Social Accountability

Enhancing your company’s social accountability reputation through SA8000 Certification

The Social Accountability Challenge

The current global business environment is motivating organizations to consider the full social and ethical impacts of their corporate activities and policies. 

Those companies who are able to prove a responsible approach to broader social and ethical issues will gain a vital competitive edge and inspire the confidence of stakeholders such as clients, investors, local communities and consumers. 

Social concerns like child labour, forced labour and discrimination require companies to not only consider their own direct sphere of influence but also their entire supply chain. The concept and value of employing an independent, third party to monitor social responsibility is becoming increasingly important.

What is SA8000 Certification?

SA8000 is the first auditable standard in this field. In particular, it is compatible with ISO 9001ISO 14001OHSAS 18001 stucture and based on conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

The worldwide-recognized certification to the SA8000 standard involves the development and auditing of management systems that promote socially acceptable working practices bringing benefits to the complete supply chain.

Why Choose Bureau Veritas for SA8000 Certification?


Bureau Veritas Certification is a world leader in the field of accredited social responsibility certification. Bureau Veritas Certification received SA8000 accreditation in January 1999 and has conducted audits in more than 40 countries in all types of business sectors and activities. 


Bureau Veritas Certification is a member of the SA8000 advisory board. 


We operate in more than 100 countries. This global presence means that our clients can receive the double advantage of international expertise combined with a genuine depth of local knowledge (language, culture, laws, customs, etc.) ensuring a high quality audit. 

Business understanding 

Our success is based upon a close working partnership, focused on driving your business forward: more than 5,700 specially trained auditors deliver a certification service meaningful to your business. 

Mark of global recognition 

The Bureau Veritas Certification Mark is a globally recognized symbol of your organization’s ongoing commitment to excellence, sustainability and reliability. 

Combined services 

Bureau Veritas Certification offers the possibility of combined certifications to the largest range of recognized standards and can offer a complete solution on corporate responsibility, bringing consistency, optimization and efficiency.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is SAAS?

    SAAS "Social Accountability Accreditation Services" is a non-governmental, international, multi-stakeholder organization dedicated to improving workplaces and communities by developing and implementing socially responsible standards

    SAAS convenes key stakeholders to develop consensus-based voluntary standards, conducts cost-benefits research, accredits auditors, provides training and technical assistance, and assists corporations in improving social compliance in their supply chains.

  • Does SA8000 apply to all industries and countries?

    Yes, SA8000 is applicable to all industries & countries except Maritime & Myanmar (Burma) respectively.

    Certifications are not permitted in the maritime industry (cruise ships, shipping, and floating oil platforms) due to the problems in addressing working hours and other possibly discriminatory practices. 

    Similarly certifications are not permitted in Myanmar (Burma),until the ILO lifts its sanctions, put in place against that country on November 30, 2000 and reaffirmed March 24, 2005. 

    However, Bureau Veritas Certification can help organizations in these sectors adopt alternative approaches in order to achieve their corporate social responsibility objectives.

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