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Transcript of Social Audits
Social Audit - What is it?
Code of conduct
How can it be done?
Visits to companies
Internal or external auditors
Pay and benefits of the employees.
Type of audit:
The internal audit
The external audit (BCG, SGS)
The third party audit (SAAS)
What is SA 8000?
Social Accountability 8000
One of the first auditable standards
Published by a third-party entity
Delivered by SAI
Accredited by SAAS.
Lucie Lévêque, Manon Hervé, Antoine Gicquel, Gilles Mevesen
Effect on society
Clear way of communicating
Points of improvement
Create a sustainable value
Improve stakeholder relationship
Bridge gap between expected and real situation
Evaluate their social performance
monitor and verify the social performance
Tool to improve workplace conditions, in countries that lack robust enforcement of regulatory standards
Why is there a need for social audit?
Certificate = two parts
Explains the certificate and standards
How can companies implement necessary changes
Clear methods of auditing the compliance
How it works?
What is SAI?
"Advance the human rights of workers around the world
Promoting ethical working conditions, labor rights, CSR and social dialogue"
What they do:
Protect the integrity of workers around the world:
Building local capacity
SAI: American non-governmental,
Social Accountability Accreditation Services
Originally part of SAI
Legal independent entity since 2007
Current link with SAI is pure contractual
Grant, maintain or suspend accreditation
Monitoring and auditing
Health & Labor
Freedom of Association
Derived from or based on:
International human rights norms
Conventions of the international labour organization
Started out as a collection of rules
Becoming more proactive
Recommendations that transcend the rules
E.g. Minimum working age
What we talked about:
what is social audit
how it can be done
example social audit:SA8000
example company: timberland
room for improvement
Other types of audits
ISO 9000: Quality managment
ISO 14000: Sustainable development
Internal Auditing team:
in charge of:
controlling and monitoring
all trade partners
(Supplier Sustainability Team)