SAI has released a guidance document to help SA8000-certified organizations and others navigate the uncertainty they are now facing due to disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic. This second version of the guidance reviews possible labor and social performance risks associated with the pandemic and its economic impacts and provides guidance for mitigating those risks. We hope this guidance will support organizations to manage a quick and safe return to work while protecting vulnerable workers following this crisis.
We will continue to add to and update this guidance as the situation evolves.
Version 2: Released June 9, 2020
SA8000 Temporary Policy Exceptions
SAI is working closely with our stakeholders to understand the challenges that workers and businesses are facing as a result of the pandemic. While the vast majority of organizations remain committed to SA8000 principles, many are concerned about losing certification due to forces beyond their control.
To support business continuity for our certified companies and job stability for workers, SAI is allowing some temporary exceptions to the normal SA8000 Standard requirements during this period of crisis and recovery. The exceptions specifically address wage and working hour requirements, which have emerged as the most challenging for organizations to meet in the face of COVID-19 disruptions. The exceptions are to be used only by organizations facing extraordinary circumstances and are limited in scope.
With this temporary policy, we hope to allow greater flexibility for organisations struggling in the current moment, while maintaining the spirit and intent of the SA8000 Standard to protect workers’ rights.
Released June 23, 2020