The Framework For SA8000 Accredited Certification

SAI is the owner of the SA8000 Standard and updates it every five years to respond to new and emerging social and human rights issues. While SAI provides guidance related to the Standard’s implementation, all SA8000 audits are carried out by certification bodies and auditing firms that receive accreditation from SAI’s independently managed affiliate, Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS). SAI and SAAS maintain close links with certification bodies to assure all SA8000 audits are conducted in a fair, reliable, and consistent manner. The figure below illustrates the relationships between the organisations in the certification process.