Social Standards

SA-8000-Social-Accountability

SA 8000 is a standard for social accountability in the workplace. In essence, social accountability means managing business activities in a manner that respects and promotes the basic human rights of all workers.

SA 8000 is promoted as a voluntary, universal standard for companies interested in auditing and certifying labour practices in their facilities and those of their suppliers and vendors. It is designed for independent third party certification.

SA 8000 is based on the UN Universal declaration of human right, Convention on the rights of the child and various International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions.

SA 8000 REQUIREMENTS:

• No child labour
• No forced labour
• Health and safety at the workplace
• Freedom of association and right to collective bargaining
• No discrimination on race, creed, caste and sex
• Disciplinary practices
• Working Hours
• Remuneration
• Management Systems

WRAP (World Responsible Accredited Production)

The objective of the WRAP Certification Program is to promote and certify lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing throughout the world. Participation in the WRAP Certification Program demonstrates the sewn products industry’s commitment to socially responsible business

practices by adhering to the WRAP Production Principles.

The Program seeks to accomplish these objectives by certifying that production facilities engaged in manufacturing comply with the Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production Principles ¾ core standards that address labor practices, factory conditions, and environmental and customs compliance. The Program is a factory-based certification program. Facilities that participate in the Program voluntarily agree that an independent monitor will evaluate the facility for compliance with the Principles.

A WRAP Certification Board, comprised of a renowned independent Board of Directors and Executive Staff, is responsible for the ongoing administration of the Program. The WRAP reviews facility compliance reports, approves independent monitors, and certifies facilities as complying with the Principles.

WRAP Requirements:

•  Compliance with Laws and Workplace Regulations
•  Prohibition of Forced Labor
•  Prohibition of Child Labor
•  Prohibition of Harassment or Abuse
•  Compensation and Benefits
•  Hours of Work
•  Prohibition of Discrimination
•  Health and Safety
•  Freedom of Association
•  Environment
•  Customs Compliance
•  Drug Interdiction

C-TPAT (Custom Trade Partnership Against Terrorism)

Custom Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is the latest Security Standard created by the U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP). Post 9/11 measures had to be adopted promptly in order to protect the U.S. borders from terrorist threats. Therefore the CBP devised security measures to be adopted for all companies lined along the supply chain. This program was initially offered to manufactures, importers, ports, liners, and other firms.

BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative)

Socially responsible business has become a major issue in international trade. Both retailers and suppliers on European markets face tough requirements not only in terms of quality and prices but social standards, too. Apart from the legal requirements, various sets of commercial requirements are emerging.

One of these is The Business Social Compliance Initiative, or BSCI. Endorsed by a broad group of  European retailers, it can be applied to all consumer goods and agricultural products. Exporters from developing countries supplying to a BSCI member must meet its requirements. With the BSCI’s impact growing, compliance may provide good market opportunities.

The Business Social Compliance Initiative was developed by the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) which is a branch organization of European retailers.

Social Audits

The process of evaluating a firm’s various operating procedures, code of conduct,

and other factors to determine its effect on a society. The goal is to identify what, if any, actions of the firm have impacted the society in some way. A social audit may be initiated by a firm that is seeking to improve its cohesiveness or improve its image within the society. If the results are positive, they may be released to the public. For example, if a factory is believed to have a negative impact, the company may have a social audit conducted to identify actions that actually benefit the society.
A social audit (i.e SA 8000,BSCI,WRAP,SEDEX,WAL-MART,ADDIDAS,DG etc) looks at factors such as a company’s record of charitable giving, volunteer activity, energy use, transparency, work environment and worker pay and benefits to evaluate what kind of social and environmental impact a company is having in the locations where it operates.

Customer (Buyer’s) Code of Conduct (C.O.C)

QEC Group Consultants is the Management firm which  offer multi-disciplinary services in accordance with well recognized

models

of Management and  All  Customer (Buyer’s) Code of Conduct (C.O.C) ,Social  Compliance and Technical Audits such as:

•  WAL-MART
•  KMART SEARS
•  ISAKO
•  SEDEX
•  LABLOWS
•  NEXT
•  MARK & SPENCER
•  MACEYS
•  KOHLS
•  KIABI
•  KNIGHT APPERAL
•  JC PENNY
•  PUMA
•  ADIDAS
•  NIKE
•  C JHONS
•  KIK
•  TESCO
•  TURNER BIANCA
•  ESPREE
•  ASDA
•  WEST POINT
•  CARFOUR
•  LI
•  FUNG
•  MCDONALD’S AND MANY OTHER CUSTOMER CODE OF CONDUCTS (C.O.C)
•  TARGET
•  RED CATS
•  THUDER CREEK
•  LEVISE

 

 

 

SA 8000 is a standard for social accountability in the workplace. In essence, social accountability means managing business activities in a manner that respects and promotes the basic human rights of all workers.

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