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September 2015
1. Revised SA8000:2014 Timeline
2. TenSquared Turkey Survey Results
3. New Training Courses Live
4. UNGP Courses
5. Join the SAI Team
6. Why We Dedicate Our Lives to Human Rights at Work
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Training Courses 

October 28-29 
Copenhagen, Denmark

November 9-13
Lima, Peru

November 16-20
Hamburg, Germany

November 4-6
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
SA8000 Online Revision Course
NGOs & Trade Unions
Complimentary seats available for NGO & trade union representatives. For more information, email SAI Training & Capacity Building Team at training@sa-intl.org
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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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Transition flowchart has been updated

The timeline and process for organizations to transition to SA8000:2014 has been revised. The revision can be found in updated Notification 4A. This transition information is applicable for organizations that are currently certified to SA8000:2008, as well as new ones seeking certification to SA8000:2014. 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. You can read the updated notification here. View the below timeline graphic for guidance and see frequently asked questions here.
For more information about SA8000 please view our web page here.

Outcomes Show Workers Believe the Project Benefited All

Labor Link survey results reveal that nearly all responding workers who are aware of their factory's health and safety project believe it benefited everyone at the factory.

The majority of workers were aware of their factory's TenSquared health and safety project while the project was ongoing (Day 85), and that awareness remained high after the project's end. This suggests a high level of worker engagement in the TenSquared project.

Key findings include:

OHS projects had widespread 
Nearly all respondents think the project benefits at least some workers.
90% say all workers benefit from the project 
Majority of respondents believe management became more open to worker suggestions
By Day 150, 76% of respondents believe that management is very open to worker suggestions
  • Most respondents have participated in health and safety improvement efforts at their factory since the conclusion of the 100-day project. This may be the result of increased worker engagement since the project launch.
  • Priorities for possible future projects vary by factory, but accident prevention seems to be an important topic to address at most of the participating factories.
  • Survey results show a perceived increase in management's openness to worker suggestions from before the project launch to Day 85. Day 150 survey results suggest that these gains were sustained after the close of the project.
TenSquared partnered with the Labor Link platform to survey workers at factories in Turkey at Day 85, during the project, and at Day 150, after each 100-day project was completed.

For more information about the TenSquared program, please view our web page at www.sa-intl.org/TenSquared

Social Auditing and SA8000 Module Courses Released

SAI is pleased to announce that the new SA8000 Introduction and Basic Social Auditing Course is now being delivered! From September 1, 2015 the course is now updated and all inclusive of SA8000:2014 changes. As noted in the previous announcement of the new course structure, the updated course now takes a Modular Approach, so that our increasingly diverse audiences can tailor the training for their needs:

Module 1: Introduction to Social Auditing (3-day)
This Module will teach students how to apply methods and techniques to plan and conduct a Social Responsibility audit. Through formal presentation, class discussion, case studies, group exercises, and virtual tours of facilities, this course has the following learning objectives:
  • To communicate clearly &effectively with personnel at all levels of an organization, including workers
  • To apply methods and techniques to gather, evaluate & triangulate satisfactory objective evidence to determine the conformance of a system designed to meet the audit criteria
  • To Generate accurate, appropriate and comprehensive audit findings and conclusions
  • To be able to plan and conduct a social accountability audit
Module 2: Introduction to SA8000 (2-day)
This module will teach students the principles of SA8000 and how to use tools, including Social Fingerprint, to plan and conduct an SA8000 audit. Through formal presentation, class discussion, case studies, group exercises, and virtual tours of facilities, this course has the following learning
  • To understand SA8000 principles, its origin, intent and structure
  • To recognize SA8000 and its relationship to other codes and standards
  • To strengthen social compliance auditor skillsets such as worker interviews, triangulation of objective evidence and NCR writing
  • To have thorough knowledge and understanding of the tools of SA8000 for auditors, including Social Fingerprint and the 10 categories of Management Systems
  • To be able to plan and conduct an SA8000 Management Systems audit
Combined, Module 1 & 2 account for the 5day SA8000 Introduction and Basic Social Auditing course. After completion of the 5day course and passing the final exam, participants will receive the SA8000 Basic Course Completion Certificate for Auditors. At this time, there is no pre-requisite for Module 1, but there will be an online pre-requisite included later this year. The pre-requisite for Module 2 will be Module 1, meaning all participants who wish to take Module 2 must have taken Module 1. Typically, these two courses will be held together to accommodate the needs of potential SA8000 Auditors who wish to be qualified, therefore they will be conducted as the 5-day SA8000 Introduction and Basic Social Auditing Course. 

Who should take the SA8000 Introduction and Basic Social Auditing Course?
  • Social Compliance Auditors
  • Code of Conduct Auditors
  • Company HR Managers, CSR Managers
  • Company internal auditors
  • Social Compliance Auditors hoping to become SA8000 Auditors
  • NGO's
  • Standard Setters
  • Unions Representatives
  • Government Representatives
  • All stakeholders of SA8000 and Social Compliance audits
To learn more regarding the SA8000:2014 transition, please visit our website here. To view our Training Schedule, please visit our training page here.

"We perceive the world through our education, experience, and background," all of which can be expanded by attending the UNGP course... "This course will open their eyes to the fact that your specific skill is attached to something bigger. 
You must remember that human rights have equal status; no one human right is more important than the other."
- Student Danuta Kedzierska.

In June 2011, the UN adopted the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights, written by UN Special Representative John Ruggie. One of the implications of the principles is that businesses are expected to respect human rights in their company and in their supply chains. But what does this mean and how to you accomplish this? 

The training answers these questions. It will provide understanding on:
  • Content, scope  and implications of the Guiding Principles  
  • How can companies meet their responsibility to respect human rights
  • Distinguishing whether a company has caused, contributed to or is linked to negative human rights impacts, & what actions are expected of the company as a response
  • Avoiding negative impacts in the supply chain through collaborative approaches & mutual buyer-supplier responsibility  
  • Key human rights risks & how to prioritize among them
  • The business case for human rights 
Additionally the 2-day course will introduce a six-step method on how to implement a supply chain management system that integrates the respect for human rights. The six steps are:
  1. Committing to a human rights policy
  2. Assessing human rights impact
  3. Integrating human rights in policies, procedures and responsibilities
  4. Tracking human rights implementation
  5. Communicating human rights impact
  6. Remediating adverse human rights impacts
October 28-29
November 25-26
Copenhagen, Denmark
Utrecht, Netherlands

View  SAI's UNGP Training Course Schedule here.

SAI seeks a NYC Training Coordinator and local China SA8000 Consultant

Training Coordinator
Reporting to the Training and Capacity Building Manager, the Training Coordinator will aim to continually improve service delivery and support efficiency and expansion of our training and capacity building programs.

The Training Coordinator will be responsible for overall support and coordination of the day-to-day operations of SAI's training and capacity building in support of SAI's mission to promote workers' rights around the world. Training and Capacity Building includes classroom and online seminars, workshops, tools and other services that SAI makes available as standardized offerings for individual registration and participation. This includes Auditor Training, Social Fingerprint®, UNGP and Professional Development Series. 

Please see the full list of responsibilities and qualifications here.

SA8000 Social Compliance & Management System Trainer in China
SAI seeks to expand its training capacity in China by recruiting and developing more qualified trainers. The focus is on gaining broader geographic coverage for a growing demand of Management System trainings needed in the country. In order to maintain quality, SAI has established the following requirements and qualification process for our consultants. 

SAI developed one of the world's preeminent social standards - SA8000. SAI and SA8000 focus on human rights in the workplace and the supply chain. SAI trainers need to be able to understand and communication the perspective of all stakeholders. In addition to the training needs of SAI - this applicant may also be considered for Accreditation Auditing work with SAI's sister organization, Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS). Below you will see the qualifications & requirements for SAI consultant in China to take on the role of Trainer. Please note that this is a consultant position; not a full time employment.

Read more about the position here and fill out the required application here.

For more information about SAI's job openings please view our open positions here. 

Senior Manager of Corporate Programs, Christie Daly, on Work with SAI
I have been passionate about human rights for as long as I can remember, spending many summers and school vacations while growing up volunteering and trying to find ways to give back and contribute to my community. I think that passion was solidified during college, as an International Relations major taking a course on Ethnic Conflicts. Researching and writing about atrocities on scales that I hadn't previously computed changed the course of my studies, and eventually my career.  When I finally made the move to NYU for graduate school to focus international relations and human rights, I was particularly drawn to investigating the vast array of actors responsible for violating, protecting, and promoting the human rights of people everywhere, especially where these actors are one in the same - governments, individuals, corporations, in particular.  After spending a year writing my master's thesis on the intersection of business and human rights and the genesis of modern day CSR, I became fascinated by the undeniable influence of the corporate sector to do both extreme harm and incredible good.  At that point, I decided I needed to focus my career on steering the vast corporate ship towards the path of doing good, creating a lasting positive impact in the lives of workers around the world.
I was thrilled to begin working at SAI right out of graduate school, and the last six years here have been full of profoundly valuable learning experiences.  I feel lucky to come to work every day to an inspiring and challenging workplace, surrounded by a team of incredibly driven and dedicated colleagues.  Corporations are undeniably some of the most influential global powers, and their potential for positive impact and improving people's lives around is boundless - this is why I dedicate my career to human rights and CSR.  
For more information about SAI's staff please view our website page here or email info@sa-intl.org