Ethical certification refers to SA 8000 International Standard, an acronym which indicating Social Accountability. This is the first standard measuring the ethical degree and the social responsibility of an organization.
These standards are applicable to organizations in any industry sector with the aim of assessing compliance with minimum requirements in terms of human and social rights.
SA 8000 standard compliance can even be verified by an independent third party certification body, in a similar way as for Quality Management Systems ISO 9001, Environment ISO 14001 and Safety OHSAS 18001.
The main motivations for an organization to adopt the SA 8000 standard lead to the following:
Preservation of the company’s credibility and reputation;
Increase consumers’ and social organizations’ confidence;
Improvement of the relations with institutions;
Control of the suppliers’ ethics and social fairness;
Improvement of the work atmosphere.