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June 2015
1. New from SAI May Advisory Board Meeting
2. Living Wage Group
3. HP Living Progress Report
4. SA8000:2014 Timeline
5. SAI welcomes Rohini Barreto
6. SAI 2015 Summer Interns
7. UN Guiding Princples Training Courses
8. SA8000 Training Courses
9. Highlights & Announcements
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Social Accountability International (SAI) is a non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization established to advance the human rights of workers by promoting decent work conditions, labor rights, and corporate social responsibility through voluntary standards and capacity building. 


SAI is headquartered in the United States with field representation in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, India, the Netherlands, Philippines, Switzerland, and UAE.

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News From SAI May Advisory Board Meeting

Letter from Alice Tepper Marlin, President


Alice Tepper Marlin, SAI President and CEO with Amy Hall, Chair of SAI's Advisory Board and Director of Social Consciousness at Eileen Fisher
Photo By: Joe Iarocci 

Convening SAI's wonderful multi-stakeholder Advisory Board is one of my favorite jobs. Just look at the engaged, energized attendees at our 3-day spring meeting, hosted in Hamburg, Germany, by Tchibo GmbH, one of the world's largest coffee roasters and a very popular retailer in Germany. The company is also among the top sustainability leaders in Europe and the world.


Achim Lohrie of Tchibo and Laura Rubbo of The Walt Disney Company kicked off a fascinating discussion of new thinking and initiatives around the rapidly growing engagement of governments, especially in Europe. The German Alliance for Sustainable Textiles, in formation, is among the most ambitious. The aim under discussion is to extend decent work well beyond cut & sew, all the way down the value chain. Cotton may be expected to have at least 20% organic and sustainably grown by 2020 and 100% by 2050. This initiative involves retailers, unions and ministries, has had input into the G-7 agreements, and is expected to apply not only to German retailers, but also to any retailer doing business in Germany.   


 We reported excellent progress towards SAI's 2015 measurable goals to 

  • EMBED human rights in company operations, 
  • EMPOWER people to protect worker rights, 
  • PROPEL consensus based on sustainable solutions and 
  • INNOVATE to transform, with tools to enable stakeholders to advance human rights in the workplace.
(Left to Right) AB Member Laura Rubbo, AB member and Director International Labor Standards at The Walt Disney Company; Observer Adam Greene, Senior Advisor in the ILO Bureau for Employers' Activities; and Observer Vera Fenske, Vice President Sustainability at DEG
Photo By: Joe Iarocci 

TenSquared was a major focus of the meeting. Jane Hwang, SAI COO, was joined in this discussion by Rohini Barreto, SAI Director of Strategic Programs, Stephanie Wilson, SAI Senior Program Manager, and Dundar Sahin, SAI Authorized Rep and AKUT Institute Director in Turkey. 14 TenSquared worker-manager teams comprise the initial 3 waves in Turkey, from a wide range of industries, including steel, textile and apparel, call centers, pharmacutical, label manufacturing, robotics, electronics, etc.


The NYU Capstone  Project delivered a highly positive independent evaluation of TenSquared in Brazil, finding that 8-16 months after the completion of TenSquared projects, there was marked engagement of workers, new openness between workers & managers, impressive gains in personal development, self-confidence, empowerment and ability to approach management, and markedly improved OHS practices and awareness. 

AB members provided advice on the TenSquared adaptions planned in China and India to further scale its remarkable impact as well as the licensing approach to make the TenSquared sustainable after expenditure of the generous grants provided by The Walt Disney Company. For more information about TenSquared,  click here.


TenSquared was selected at our Fall 2014 AB meeting as a pooled project, meaning all Signatory Members are committed together to working on it in 2015.


SAI was happy to welcome Board of Director members and Observers to the meeting.

  • From the Board of Directors: Joe Iarocci, Managing Partner at  Servant Leadership Now and Jan Furstenborg, Former Head of UNI Commerce Global Union
  • Observers were Vera Fenske of DEG (Deutsche Investitions und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH), Adam Greene of the ILO, Nanda Bergstein of Tchibo GmbH, and Christian Ewert of the FTA (Foreign Trade Association of Europe). We thank each of them for their informative presentations and their participation in our discussions.

Nanda Bergstein discussed Tchibo's approach to Living Wages and Freedom of Association in its worker/manager & producer/buyer WE program and in the new ACT project that aims to enable raises in wages and agreement of what a Living Wage is through collective bargaining, in a manner designed to raise wages that levels playing field where price competition has tended to press wages down. Amy Hall, Chair of the SAI AB and Director of Social Consciousness at Eileen Fisher, and Alex Katz, SAI Manager of Stakeholder Research and Engagement, discussed SAI Living Wage projects. The SAI Living Wage project has already achieved agreement among half a dozen leading ESG standards groups on a definition of Living Wage and the sophisticated Anker methodology to calculate it.  Already an impressive group of academics in several countries including China have been trained and qualified in the Anker method, which includes extensive data collection and local stakeholder engagement, and are calculating Living Wage benchmarks in dozens of locations.  The benchmarks can be a starting point for dialog between workers, managers and stakeholders about wage levels and how companies can make progress towards Living Wage. Read more about SAI's Living Wage work below and learn more about our Living Wage webinar here.

SAI is also engaged in several projects with companies aimed at understanding how they might implement progress towards a Living Wage.


SAI's AB during the Spring 2015 Advisory Board meeting at Tchibo in Hamburg, Germany 
(Front row and then behind, left to right) Rochelle Zaid - Executive Director, Social Accountability Accreditation Services; Alice Tepper Marlin - President and Founder, Social Accountability International; Federico Tani Translator, CGIL; Vera Fenske - Vice President Sustainability, DEG; Margaret Jungk - Founding Director of the Human Rights and Business Department, Danish Institute for Human Rights; Rohini Barreto - Director of Strategic Programs, SAI; Luna Lee - Human Rights Leader, Eileen Fisher; Christian Ewert - Director General, The Foreign Trade Association; Dominique Gangneux Proxy,Rainforest Alliance; Rossella Ravagli - Head of Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility, Gucci; Achim Lohrie- Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Tchibo GmbH; Jane Hwang - Chief Operating Officer, SAI; Alex Katz- Senior Manager Research & Stakeholder Relations, SAI; Amy Hall - Advisory Board Chair & Director of Social Consciousness, Eileen Fisher; Christie Daly - Senior Manager Corporate Programs, SAI; Dundar Sahin - Director of AKUT Search and Rescue AssociationBadrinath Gulur - Technical Director, SAI; David Zwiebel - National Child Labor CommitteeLaura Rubbo - Director of International Labor Standards, The Walt Disney Company; Dorianne Beyer - General Counsel, National Child Labor Committee; Sunil Bhaskaran - Vice President Corporate Services, Tata Steel Limited; Ivano Corraini - Lead of the National Legal Office, CGIL; Adam Greene - Observer Senior Advisor, International Labour Organization; Joe Iarocci - Founding Partner - Cairnway Center for Servant Leadership Excellence


Michael Toffel of Harvard Business School gave a presentation about Monitoring Global Supply Chains, reporting on his impressive findings with a focus on auditor competence.


David Zwiebel, Chair of the Assurance Committee and representing the National Child Labor Committee, presented the new Auditor Competence requirements for the SA8000 system and a one-year pilot on working hours in China was approved.

For more information about SAI's Advisory Board, please view our website or email info@sa-intl.org


Living Wage Group  
Progress made in the Living Wage Group 

Participants of the Training of Master Researchers workshop with Alex Katz, Senior Manager of Research & Stakeholder Engagement (back row, third from left) and Martha and Richard Anker (front row, third and fourth from left)

The Living Wage (LW) Coalition has made significant progress and is well on the way to begin a LW database. Richard and Martha Anker have written the training manual to calculate living wage benchmarks in rural and urban contexts. The manual, currently in draft form, is being used internally by the standard setting organizations and researchers of the LW working group. A finalized version will be publicly available.


A Training of Master Researchers workshop in Istanbul, Turkey has been completed. The five-day workshop trained eight qualified researchers on how to apply the Anker methodology. The impressive group members come from six countries: Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania, India and China. These researchers will begin the long term goals of building a LW database for a wide number of countries. They will start with specific subject industries in each of the six countries to create a LW report.

The global benchmarks are steps in a long-term process to promote the living wage. Central to this process is the idea that benchmarks should be publicly available to be used by a range of actors, from worker organizations negotiating wages to businesses ensuring payment of a Living Wage throughout their supply chains. This includes local stakeholder engagement in calculating benchmarks and multi-stakeholder engagement on achieving payment of the Living Wage worldwide.

In Brazil, a researcher will document applications of the Anker Living Wage methodology and work towards calculating living wage benchmarks in a coffee producing area in Minas Gerais. In China, researchers will work in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Shenzhen, Zhengzhou and Chengdu. In Ethiopia, researchers will focus on a cut flower producing area in the Ziway region. The focus area in Ghana will be a banana producing area in the Southern Volta region. In India, tea producing areas in rural Tamil Nadu and Kerala will be benchmarked. And lastly, in Tanzania, a researcher will work in a cut flower producing area in the Arusha area.  

An upcoming workshop in China is expected to train three more researchers, July 6 through July 9, 2015. The training will be hosted at Fudan University in Shanghai, China by Professor Yuan Cheng, to be conducted by Richard and Martha Anker. Upon completion of this workshop, five Chinese researchers will work on LW benchmarks in various urban regions in China where many factories are located.

The LW group is in search for a public facing database to host estimates and reports. The LW group aims for all estimates and reports to be made publically available for free.

The LW group has received generous funding from a mix of both governments and corporations. The German and Dutch government agencies, BMZ and GDIS respectively, have contributed to implementing the Anker Living Wage methodology to calculate localized living wages and promoting the payment of living wages for workers. Three apparel companies, including Eileen Fisher, have funded the missions of the LW group. Additionally, the LW group has received in-kind donations of training space from Fudan University in Shanghai, China and the AKUT Institute in Istanbul, Turkey.

In the near future, the Living Wage Group seeks to produce benchmarks in: Rwanda, Uganda, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Peru, Pakistan, Chile, Philippines, El Salvador, Argentina, Panama, Bolivia, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Laos, Nepal, Cote D'Ivoire, Egypt, Jamaica, Madagascar, Morocco, Papua New Guinea, Swaziland, Tunisia, Turkey, United States, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, and Mozambique.  


If you are interested in having an estimate done in a particular area, please contact Alex Katz at akatz@sa-intl.org 

HP Living Progress Report 
SAI Signatory Member uses Framework to pursue sustainability

SAI is pleased to share the release of HP's 2014 Living Progress Report.  HP, a SAI Signatory Member since 2012, has solidified its reputation as an industry leader in corporate social responsibility. This report recognizes HP's work with SAI in striving to improve human rights and sustainability within its supply chain.  

Noting contributions to multi-stakeholder initiatives, the 2014 Living Progress Report describes HP's participation in SAI's TenSquared program in Brazil:  

"In collaboration with Social Accountability International (SAI), The Rapid Results Institute, and Labor Link, HP conducted a 100-day program at three supplier sites in Brazil to reduce worker injuries from physically demanding work. Our supplier, Flextronics, reduced absenteeism due to injuries from 8% to 4.8% over the course of the program, producing tangible cost savings. Given this success, we plan to expand the program to China with a focus on emergency preparedness."

The Report also mentions HP's improvement in the Social Fingerprint Supply Chain evaluation, a requirement for all Signatory members:  

"Our supply chain management system is assessed every two years by Social Accountability International (SAI), against their rigorous, world-class Social Fingerprint benchmark. In 2014, we achieved a 15% improvement in our results compared to 2012." 

These efforts to continually improve social accountability emphasize HP's dedication to human rights and supply chain responsibility. Read the report to find out more here.

For more information about SAI's Corporate Programs please see our website here, or email

SA8000:2014 Timeline  
Timeline flowchart for transition to SA8000:2014

We are pleased to announce the timeline and process for organizations to transition to SA8000:2014. This is applicable for organizations that are currently certified to SA8000:2008, as well as new ones seeking certification to SA8000:2014. This Notification 4A should be read in conjunction with Notification 4B, which describes the training requirements for existing and new SA8000 auditors and accredited training providers. Read the full procedure here and frequently asked questions here or view the below timeline graphic:
For more information about the transition to SA8000:2014, please email saas@saasaccreditation.org  

 SAI welcomes Rohini Barreto to SAI Team


SAI Director of Strategic Programs on
Why She Dedicates Her Life to Human Rights at Work 


Rohini Barreto is the Director of Strategic Programs. She is responsible for designing, developing, marketing and implementing key SAI capacity building programs.


Ms. Barreto first discovered SAI while working at a company that collaborated with SAI. She decided to join the organization because of its commitment to human rights, as well as its "innovative work and amazing team." Like other members of SAI's staff, social justice has been important to Rohini for years. From a young age, she was involved in volunteering and felt the need to give back to her community. SAI appealed to her even more than other human rights-oriented organizations because she feels it is possible to see the direct impact of SAI's work. For instance, the team has been able to measure positive results from the launch of the TenSquared program in Brazil. Rohini finds this type of firsthand connection to SAI's impact gratifying, and this is what inspires her to continue at SAI each day.

At SAI, Rohini's current work involves three ongoing projects. First, she is involved with integrating Social Fingerprint into the 2014 version of SA8000. Second, she is involved with the TenSquared program. She will soon travel to Turkey in order to view the program's progress firsthand, as well as to research potential areas for expansion of the program. Finally, Rohini is involved with SAI's living wage initiatives; in collaboration with the Living Wage group, she is helping to create benchmarks for a living wage in various countries.
During her first two months here, what Rohini has enjoyed most is the span of work she is able to perform, which allows her to appreciate unique aspects of human rights work. Additionally, she loves the chance to interact with a variety of people. SAI's work is challenging, but fulfilling, and thus a perfect fit.  
For more information about SAI's staff please view our website page here or email info@sa-intl.org 

SAI and SAAS 2015 Summer Interns

Why Do They Work for Human Rights at Work?

Tasneem Ahmed 

I am a rising junior at the University of Connecticut majoring in economics and human rights. My particular interests focus on economic development and labor rights of workers worldwide. My passion for such issues stems from having witnessed extreme poverty and hardships of the underprivileged in Bangladesh. The numerous political obstacles often hindering economic development in underdeveloped countries like Bangladesh, combined with the growing power of multinational corporations in the international arena, is what makes me believe that corporations partnered with NGO's have the capacity to make a significant change in the world. This realization is what drives me to want to focus my future career on corporate social responsibility and is what brought me to SAI.


SAI's focus on taking conversation and awareness to the next level through implementation is what specifically excites me about interning for SAI. This summer, I will be working with the various departments at SAI to help to create a standalone and prerequisite course for SAI's Basic Course, create a training manual for our course trainers worldwide, analyze data on certified facilities for strategic planning and various other SA8000:2014 Revision related projects. I am especially inspired by the passion and drive of everyone at SAI to improve the lives of workers worldwide and am excited to develop my knowledge and understanding of CSR this summer!


Charles Wong

I am currently a rising junior pursuing a double major in Global Studies and Politics with a double minor in Communication Design and Chinese Studies at The New School. As a Global Studies major who has a keen interest in the study of economic progression in developing countries, I believe working for SAI can further educate me on the complexity of supply chains and the management of corporate responsibilities. I am working with Alicia Mara as the marketing and communication intern to help generate more awareness for SAI and am responsible for managing their monthly newsletter, social media platforms, and researching new creative ways to engage with their audience.


Simone Liano 

I am a rising junior at Wellesley College, studying Neuroscience and Economics. I have become increasingly interested in socially responsible business practices over the past year and am excited to learn about how to implement positive change through partnerships between businesses and nonprofit organizations such as SAI. This summer I will be interning in SAI's Training & Capacity Building team, and working with Emily Crain to produce a prerequisite course for the SA8000 Basic Course, among other projects.

I first became interested in worker human rights after reading about human rights abuses in factories in developing countries. I was driven by a sense of indignation at the fact that such exploitation could be allowed to occur. I look forward to interning at SAI in order to learn how such abuses can be prevented, and learning how companies and suppliers can still operate successfully while treating their workers well. 


Maggie Gabos 

am a candidate for a Master of International Development at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School for Public and International Affairs. I am majoring in Development Planning and Environmental Sustainability, with a special focus on corporate responsibility and human rights. My passion for sustainable development through corporate responsibility stems from experiences working with organizations in Uganda and Kenya, as well as my international relations education. Through examining the different ways I could do development work, I realized that developing countries are rich with natural resources and human capital and that they do have the ability to grow sustainably. The way that corporations interact with these countries in manufacturing and sourcing is crucial to creating an environment where individuals' human rights and opportunities for mobility are secured.


In pursuit of organizations that shared the belief that corporations and the countries and communities they work in can have a symbiotic relationship that is beneficial to all, I found SAI. As a summer intern, I will be working with the Corporate Members team to profile clients, research current CSR initiatives, and develop training material for Social Fingerprint. Additionally, I will be working on SA8000 related projects and assisting with preparing for the new revision to be implemented. I am really excited about this opportunity to gain better understanding of how corporate responsibility can function in the real world and to work with such passionate people driven to create real change.


Sanam Shetty 

I am a rising junior at Wellesley College majoring in International Relations-Economics and minoring in Chinese Language and Literature. My study of and experiences in developing countries in Asia have sparked my interest in sustainable development, externalities of business, labor rights, and public policy. I am greatly looking forward to my time at SAI and SAAS where I hope to gain a deeper understanding of corporate social responsibility as well as the practical processes of advocating for labor rights. I am interning at SAAS where I am working with Lisa Bernstein on collecting and analyzing certification data, updating the website, and researching issues related to social standards among other projects.

For more information about SAI's Internship program, please view our website here or email recruits@sa-intl.org

UN Guiding Principles Training Courses  

Photographs from UN Guiding Principles Course in Utrecht, Netherlands

UN Guiding Principles Course in Utrecht, Netherlands led by SAI Trainer Edwin Koster in September 2014


For more information about UN Guiding Principles Courses, please view our website here or email Training Manager, Emily Crain at ECrain@sa-intl.org 

Snapshots from SA8000 Training Courses  

Photographs from SA8000 Courses in New Delhi, Dhaka, and Guadalajara

SA8000 Basic Course in New Delhi, India June 15-19

SA8000 Advanced Course in Dhaka, Bangaldesh on May 19-21

SA8000 Basic Course in Guadalajara, Mexico on May 18-22 


For more information about SAI's Training Courses, please view our website here or email Training Manager, Emily Crain at ECrain@sa-intl.org 

Highlights & Announcements
Eileen Fisher featured in EcoSalon
Corporate member, Eileen Fisher, was featured in EcoSalon. Read about how this phenominal "pioneer in the space of social consciousness" commits to sustainable and ethiical business practices here.

HP and Disney named "best practice" organizations by TriplePundit

TriplePundit published an article entitled "Legislative Trend Challenges Supply Chain Management." The article discussed how increasingly complex legislation related to supply chain management can be overwhelming for companies that only view social responsibility through the lens of compliance. Two of SAI's corporate members, HP and Disney, were listed as "best practice" organizations that went beyond simple compliance, and instead implemented truly valuable practices in their supply chains. HP's direct hiring practices were praised, as well as Disney's decision to make public its list of suppliers. The article commended both HP and Disney for being role models within their respective industries. The article can be viewed here.