Accredited SA8000 certification provides ongoing and reliable assurance that an organization is upholding social performance expectations. It is central to the SA8000® Standard that organizations continuously monitor and improve their own social controls and performance. Independent oversight by certification bodies provides confidence that the organization is managing its operations effectively.
While accredited certification is a valuable tool to evaluate performance and drive supply chain improvement, it is important to recognize that no code or monitoring system can provide absolute assurance of an organization’s adherence to laws and labor standards on a 24/7 basis, or provide a watertight guarantee of compliance. All social auditing practices need to be considered as part of a larger effort to improve labor conditions, including equitable contractual cooperation between buyers and suppliers, worker and management training, capacity building, stakeholder engagement, and various other tools to improve systems and collaboration.