Every five years SAI revises the SA8000 standard in order to ensure its continued relevance and adoptability. This process is conducted in accordance with the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards (the Code).
Aside from general and minor verbiage changes, other observations include:
- The term “company” and “employer” has been replaced by “organization” in many areas.
- The Guidance Document is now available for download rather than previously requiring a “small fee.”
- An “Introduction” referencing “Management System” and “Intent/Scope” replaces “Purpose and Scope” as the first item listed in the Contents.
- Night hours are no longer excluded in regards to hiring young workers.