Updated December 2017
(Previously “Certification Exclusions” or “Certification Exceptions”)
The SA8000® Standard is universally applicable, and in principle, certification is possible in any state or industry. However, in order to maintain the Standard’s commitment to respecting the spirit and norms of the International Labour Organization (ILO) standards and to preserve the integrity of SA8000 certificates, there are several specific restrictions to certification.
SAI has determined that certain industry sectors have norms and technical needs that present significant challenges to meeting the Standard requirements in practice. Additionally, specific countries may also present significant challenges in meeting the SA8000 Standard due to lack of enforcement of local or national law or extant laws that go against the Standard, presenting a risk to SA8000 integrity and reputation.
This document is updated on an ongoing basis as industries, norms, and laws change.