SA8000 Revision Process: Public Consultation

SA8000 Revision Process: Public Consultation

SAI invites all interested parties to participate in the revision of the SA8000 standard
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Venugopal Balakrishnan: Managing Director of DAS Certification India Pvt. Ltd.; CEO of IQ Global Solutions; and a Director of AV Cert International FZE/UAE.


SAI invites all interested parties to participate in the revision of the SA8000 standard. For 60-days, beginning December 18, 2013 and ending on February 16, 2014, a draft of SA8000:2014 will open for public consultation. During this time SAI is hoping that as many stakeholders as possible will participate in the consultation process by writing their comments in a tool created using Survey Monkey. This step aims to draw out recommendations from a wide and varied group of stakeholders. The more comments received the more confident SAI is in revising the standard in line with the expectations of its users. Here is the link to the Public Consultation platform.

All comments will be transparently exhibited on the SAI website, and a paper will be posted in the month following the close of the consultation period that analyzes and discusses which of the comments were used to further revise the standard and which significant comments will be saved for the next revision. To read more about the standard revision process and review background documents, please visit the revision page on the SAI website.

For more information please contact:

Alex Katz

Senior Manager Research and Stakeholder Relations         

Social Accountability International (SAI)

15 West 44 St, New York, NY 11201

(T) +1 (212) 684-1414 ext. 221

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 11:15am

This month we are pleased to feature an interview with Venugopal Balakrishnan (Venu),  the Managing Director of DAS Certification India Pvt. Ltd., CEO of IQ Global Solutions and a Director of AV Cert International FZE/UAE. Here are a sample of his comments and recommendations that we'd like to feature as food for thought, separated by element of the standard:

  • Purpose and scope: Need for clarity of management system processes (where people take priority over profits) in the context of SA 8000 must be stressed as part of the 'Introduction' or as part of the elements of 'Context of the Organization'
  • Forced and Compulsory Labour: It should be mandatory that recruitment agents be brought under the subcontractor or compliance process with a remediation process similar to the child labor remediation. This is very important for international migrant labor.
  • Health and Safety: Formal OHS risk assessment to be made mandatory as a "risk assessment process appropriate for the organizational context, scope and context of workplace."
  • Disciplinary Practices: Under the context of disciplinary fines allowed by SA8000:2008 (those allowed by law AND part of a collective bargaining agreement), any disciplinary fines collected shall be redeployed into the workplace for additional gainful measures at the workplace

Mr. Balakrishnan has over 13 years of experience conducting social compliance and management systems audits and is a professional trainer for management systems courses such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001. Venu is intimately familiar with local social issues due to his international experience working in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, China, the UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Iran, Qatar, Turkey, the USA, the UK, and Egypt.

The SA8000:2014 review plan and timeline is available at A summary of the comments received from the SA8000: 2013-2014 revision process will be available in July 2013. For more information, contact SAI Sr. Manager Alex Katz -



Emily Crain
Social Accountability International (SAI)