SAI has released a guidance document to help SA8000-certified organizations navigate the uncertainty they are now facing due to disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic. This first document provides guidance for assessing and mitigating labor risks and protecting vulnerable workers as work resumes in some areas following this crisis.
This document details SAI expectations during this difficult period, including key risk areas to note, and temporary exceptions to normal SA8000 requirements. In all cases, certified organizations are still expected to meet legal requirements. Where regulatory bodies issue guidance for a temporary period, you should follow that guidance as long as it does not violate the intent of the SA8000 Standard.