SA 8000: 2014

Manage corporate social responsibility

The company is globalizing, the markets are becoming more and more demanding, the fierce competitors and the sophisticated technologies, but the real knots become tangled or untied with reference to the use of human resources.

To face the new challenges, companies become institutions that create well-being and play their own role in the integration of the economic - social - environmental system, enhancing their relationships with employees, social partners, the local community, consumers, authorities. public and other stakeholders.

A response to the new needs of the market comes from SA8000 standard, which can help the company to control risk situations, also contributing positively to the evaluation of its own "score" against the typically most used criteria of excellence: the workers are happier, the customers are more satisfied, the satisfaction is better by the community and shareholders are also more protected, as well as gratified by the increase in reputation.

The SA8000 standard identifies an international standard aimed at certifying some aspects of the business management pertaining to corporate social responsibility Which:

  • Respect for human rights
  • Respect for workers' rights
  • Protection against the exploitation of minors
  • The guarantees of safety and health in the workplace

The international standard therefore aims to improve working conditions worldwide and above all allows the definition of a standard that can be verified by certification bodies.

The standard was born as an aggregation formed by the principles established by other international documents such as:

  • ILO conventions (International Labor Organization)
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • International Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • United Nations Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

Over time, the standard is updated and revised.

In this context, the new edition of the SA8000: 2014 standard on social responsibility management systems was published, applicable starting from 1 January 2015.

Advantages for the company that certifies itself

Certification Process

> Request for an offer from the customer interested in certification

> Acquisition of all the information necessary for the certification and issue of the offer by AX-REGISTER

> Acceptance of the offer by the customer


> Analysis of any gaps and assessment of the current compliance of the ISMS with the regulatory requirements

> Verification aimed at evaluating the implementation of the principles and structure of the Management System (applicable legislation and regulations, security policy, risk analysis, Statement of Applicability (SoA), clear and consistent definition of the purpose, risk treatment plan)

> Verification aimed at evaluating the adequate and effective implementation of the Management System, through techniques that involve the analysis of documents, observations, interviews with personnel.

> This verification is aimed at issuing the certificate

> Audit carried out annually after certification, to check continuous improvement

> The Renewal Audit is carried out after three years following a complete verification or continuous evaluation over time.

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