Sistemi di Gestione per la ResponsabilitÓ sociale SA8000Ethic-Social Management Systems (SA8000)

SA8000:2001 is a standard based on international workplace norms in the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions and the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on Rights of the Child.

You will find below SA8000 Key points:

Child Labor: No workers under the age of 15; minimum lowered to 14 for countries operating under the ILO Convention 138 developing-country exception; remediation of any child found to be working;
Forced Labor: No forced labor, including prison or debt bondage labor; no lodging of deposits or identity papers by employers or outside recruiters;
Health and Safety: Provide a safe and healthy work environment; take steps to prevent injuries; regular health and safety worker training; system to detect threats to health and safety; access to bathrooms and potable water;
Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining: Respect the right to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively; where law prohibits these freedoms, facilitate parallel means of association and bargaining;
Discrimination: No discrimination based on race, caste, origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union or political affiliation, or age; no sexual harassment;
Discipline: No corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion or verbal abuse
Working Hours: Comply with the applicable law but, in any event, no more than 48 hours per week with at least one day off for every seven day period; voluntary overtime paid at a premium rate and not to exceed 12 hours per week on a regular basis; overtime may be mandatory if part of a collective bargaining agreement;
Compensation: Wages paid for a standard work week must meet the legal and industry standards and be sufficient to meet the basic need of workers and their families; no disciplinary deductions;
Management Systems: Facilities seeking to gain and maintain certification must go beyond simple compliance to integrate the standard into their management systems and practices.

SA8000 Benefits for companies:

Drives company values into action.
Improves employee recruitment, retention and productivity.
Enhances company and brand reputation.
Supports better supply chain management and performance.

Cartesio Studio Associato's methodology to support companies who desire our advice to implement Ethic-Social Management Systems is based on:

Analysis in compliance with the applicable law as it stands
Drafting of the necessary documentation
Drafting of ethic codes for the supply chain
Ethic-social audit by second-party
Integration with pre-existing management systems
Assistance during the various phases of the Certification Checks done by the authority

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