Living Wage and SA8000

The SA8000® Standard was the first social responsibility standard to integrate the concept of living wage in 1998. Since 2013, the Global Living Wage Coalition (GLWC) has published a series of living wage benchmarks for various countries. SAI recognizes that SA8000 certification bodies and currently certified organizations have been using a different methodology to calculate living wage benchmarks in those countries based on the SA8000 Guidance Document.

Therefore, the GLWC benchmarks are not yet the official living wage requirement for SA8000 certification. SAI will complete a gap analysis of the current living wage calculations and the benchmarks and then provide specific guidance for certification bodies and certified organizations on how to use the benchmark for certification.