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SA8000: The First Decade Implementation, Influence, and Impact

Edited By Deborah Leipziger Copyright 2009
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This is the first book in the field of corporate social responsibility to examine the progress of a standard over a ten-year period.  Published in late 1997 and revised in 2001, the Social Accountability 8000 (SA8000) standard and verification system is a comprehensive tool aiming to assure humane workplaces throughout the supply chain. The SA8000 system includes: factory-level management system requirements for ongoing compliance and continual improvement; independent, expert verification of compliance by certification bodies; the involvement of all key stakeholders in the SA8000 system; and harnessing consumer and investor concern by helping to identify and support companies that are committed to assuring human rights in the workplace. As of 31 December 2007, nearly 700,000 workers were employed in 1,500 facilities certified to SA8000, in 65 countries and 67 industrial sectors.Ten years on, what has the impact of SA8000 been and how do its architects and users see it developing into the future? In this book, businesses, NGOs, academics and trade union leaders provide much-needed perspective on the lessons learned from SA8000 and set an agenda for the next decade. The book also provides context on the leading initiatives within the field of CSR (such as ISO 26000 and the Business for Social Compliance Initiative) and how they relate to SA8000. The book features case studies on the experiences of a wide range of companies, including Gucci, The GAP, Chiquita, TNT, Tata and Otto Versand, and on many of the most innovative programmes in the field of CSR, such as the Made-By label. Analysts from emerging economies provide valuable insights into how SA8000 has become a key tool in Brazil and India. The book addresses many of the key themes for corporate responsibility such as traceability, supply chain management and transparency.SA8000: The First Decade provides insights for company managers, NGOs, policy-makers and trade union leaders on how to implement a social standard and will be required reading for any manager seeking to implement SA8000 or any other code of conduct or standard for their suppliers.Deborah Leipziger is well known for her book The Corporate Responsibility Code Book, published in 2003 and considered to be one of the key reference books in the field of CSR. SA8000: The First Decade is an extension of Ms Leipziger's work over a 17-year career in the field of CSR, in which she has played a role in the development of many social standards, including SA8000 and the Ethical Trading Initiative, and advised many others.

    Foreword Partha Sengupta, Vice President Corporate Services and SA8000 Management Representative, Tata Steel Limited, India  Introduction: Open-eyed management Alice Tepper Marlin, President, Social Accountability International, United States, and John Tepper Marlin, Principal, CSRNYC, and Adjunct Professor, New York University Stern School, United States   Part I: Implementation 1. TNT and SA8000 Mike Patrick, TNT Express  2. SA8000 in Tata Steel: Developing process-driven sustainability approaches Priyadarshini Sharma, Tata Steel, India  3. OTTO and SA8000: A pilot project in the lingerie-buying department Johannes Merck, Otto Group, Germany4. Gucci and corporate social responsibilityFranco Furn√≤ and Stefania Orselli, Gucci, Italy5. Gap Inc.'s journey toward corporate social responsibilityDan Henkle, Gap Inc., United States6. Chiquita and corporate responsibility: The fruits of our experienceGeorge Jaksch, Chiquita International S.G., Belgium7. Business Social Compliance Initiative: The development approach to SA8000 for commerce and manufacturersLorenz Berzau, Foreign Trade Association, Belgium8. Key performance indicators for social compliance in the supply chainCraig Moss, Social Accountability International, United StatesPart II: Influence9. MADE-BY China: A joint effort of Social Accountability International and Solidaridad in ChinaJanet Mensink, Solidaridad, The Netherlands; Martin Ma, Social Accountability International, China; and Mark Huis in't Veld, MADE-BY10. NGO accountability: Certifying child sponsorship charitiesEileen Kohl Kaufman, Social Accountability International, United States11. Social Accountability International and social entrepreneurshipMorton Emanuel Winston, The College of New Jersey, United StatesPart III: Impact12. The ISEAL Alliance: setting standards for social and environmental changePaloma Raggo, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, United States13. Evaluating the impact of SA8000 certificationMichael J. Hiscox and Claire Schwartz, Department of Government, Harvard University, United States, and Michael W. Toffel, Harvard Business School, United States14. ISO 26000 and SA8000Deborah Leipziger, CSR consultant, United States15. The impact of SA8000 in BrazilBeat Gr√ľninger, BSD Consulting, BrazilAbout the contributorsIndex