SA8000® and ISO 26000 Social Accountability

Social Accountability Management System Certification

What are the SA8000 and ISO 26000 guidelines?

ISO 26000 and SA8000 are guidelines which help organisations demonstrate their social accountability.  SA8000 is a voluntary social compliance standard that demonstrates your commitment to a humane working environment and represents responsible production, while ISO 26000 provides you with a structured way of managing your corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities.

Why is ISO 26000 and SA8000 certification important?

By implementing these guidelines, organisations can use a consistent model for ensuring they are monitoring their supply chains and the social and environmental impact that they are having. They help businesses manage ethical breaches, corporate social responsibility initiatives and enhance brand reputation.

A certification can bring multiple benefits:

  • Affirm your commitment to social accountability
  • Enhance consumer trust in an era where brands are held to increasingly high ethical standards
  • Discover any issues in your supply chains, factories or other workplaces and resolve them before you receive negative publicity
  • Use a consistent model for complying with these standards

TÜV SÜD´s SA8000 and ISO 26000 expertise

TÜV SÜD’s global network provides multidisciplinary expertise for a wide range of auditing and certification services in key markets. We act as a one-stop service provider for companies requiring social compliance programmes and management systems standards, integrating SA8000 and ISO 26000 with other management systems such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 as well other social compliance initiatives such as WRAP, ETI and BSCI. TÜV SÜD operates worldwide with competent local auditors recognised by SAI.

As part of our commitment to unparalleled service quality, our inspectors and auditors are required to adhere to our strict Code of Conduct. This ensures the expert opinions they provide are professional, independent and impartial.


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