Social Accountability 8000 certification for Garment Industries

India’s textiles sector is one of the oldest industries in Indian economy dating back several centuries. Even today, textiles sector is one of the largest contributors to India’s exports with approximately 11 per cent of total exports. The textiles industry is also labour intensive and is one of the largest employers. The textile industry has two broad segments. First, the unorganised sector consists of handloom, handicrafts and sericulture, which are operated on a small scale and through traditional tools and methods. The second is the organised sector consisting of spinning, apparel and garments segment which apply modern machinery and techniques such as economies of scale.
The SA8000 Standard is the central document of our work at SAI. It is one of the world’s first auditable social certification standards for decent workplaces, across all industrial sectors. It is based on the UN Declaration of Human Rights, conventions of the ILO, UN and national law, and spans industry and corporate codes to create a common language to measure social performance.

The SA 8000 certification is the Social Accountability System standard. It is applicable to companies of any size that wish to address the social and ethical aspects of their business. A Social Accountability System proves to customers that the company holds adequate provisions for the protection of workers’ rights. Further, it ensures ethical production of all goods manufactured by the company.

Manpower if Important “ M” of the Management , without Employee no one system can succeed . if your Employees are satisfied and happy , they will automatically produces success of the you company . Social Accountability International (SAI) is the International body made some basic standard based on the requirements of ILO . for Employee Welfare and social Security for Improvement in Environment , Monitory and Infrastructure of the workers . The System is helpful to make healthy relationship between Employee and Employers . in fact in India already made the several Laws for betterment of the Employees like – Factory Act , PF , Bonus , gratuity and Standing Order act ., Industrial relations , Minimum wages , contract labour act and others .

In the year 1989 by Social Accountability International (SAI), an affiliate of the Council on Economic Priorities, and is viewed as the most globally accepted independent workplace standard. It can be applied to any company, of any size, worldwide. SA 8000 certification addresses issues including forced and child labour, occupational health and safety, freedom of association and collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours, compensation, and management systems.
• Be senior management led.
• Be focused on continuous improvement.
• Be focused on prevention rather than reaction.
• Be supportive of workers rights and workers participation.
• Be compliant with local laws/codes.
• Be compliant with local laws/codes.
• Be systematic in addressing problems-Car’s Process.

Benefits of SA 8000 to manufacturers and suppliers

• Marketing advantage – more demand and value for goods from socially.
• Responsible manufacturers/suppliers.
• Enhancement of company productivity.
• Compliance to the laws of the land.
• Improvement of relationship with the Govt., NGOs, trade unions.
• Better image and position in labour market.

Benefits of SA 8000 for the retailers

• Cost reduction in monitoring.
• Better corporate image.
• Increased value for the products.
• Trust building with the analysts and investors when evaluated against social performance.