began work in 1997 as an accreditation agency as a department
Accountability International (SAI) and was formally established
as its own independent, not-for-profit organization in 2007.
In 1998, SAAS began accrediting Certification Bodies to perform
audits to certify qualifying organizations to the SA8000 Standard.
SAAS has since expanded its scope to include accrediting bodies
to audit against the InterAction
PVO standard and conducting oversight of the BSCI
founded in 1997, is an international non-profit human rights
organization dedicated to the ethical treatment of workers
around the world. SAI’s social standard, called SA8000,
functions as a highly effective and expedient system for delivering
improved social performance to businesses and their supply
chain facilities. SAI's mission is to promote human rights
for workers around the world as a standards organization,
ethical supply chain resource, and programs developer. SAI
partners with trade unions, local NGOs, multi-stakeholder
initiatives, organic, fair trade, and environmental organizations,
development charities, and anti-corruption groups to carry
out research, training and capacity-building programs.
SAI grew out of the work being done at the
Council on Economic Priorities. Founded in 1969, the Council
on Economic Priorities (CEP), was a public service research
organization dedicated to the accurate and impartial analysis
of the social and environmental records of corporations.