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March 2016
Living Wage
New Member: Cole Haan
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SAAS Procedures
Conscious Company
Why We Dedicate Our Lives to Human Rights at Work
SAI Promotions and Hires
Women's History Month
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April 10 - 12
Dhaka, Bangladesh

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April 13 - 15
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Social Accountability International (SAI) is a non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization established to advance the human rights of workers by promoting decent work conditions, labor rights, and corporate social responsibility through voluntary standards and capacity building. 

 

SAI is headquartered in the United States with field representation in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, India, the Netherlands, Philippines, Switzerland, and UAE.


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Global Living Wage Coalition Makes Progress Against Ambitious Benchmarking Goals  
 
   
The Global Living Wage Coalition now has 20+ living wage benchmarks in progress, across South America, Africa and Asia. Each benchmark involves rigorous desk and field research and stakeholder consultation. The benchmarks will be made public for the broader use of all stakeholders working on issues of Living Wage. The benchmarks are not meant to supplant collective bargaining rights, but rather to serve as a common reference point and replicable tool to support social dialogue between workers and employers. The Coalition sees this as the first step in a long-term process to implement the living wage.

20 researchers have been trained through the Coalition, under the direction of Richard and Martha Anker, international specialists on living wages. These researchers can scale the work of the Ankers and the Coalition to calculate benchmarks in even more locations. 

The Global Living Wage Coalition, is a cross-organisation, cross-industry collaboration to promote the understanding and implementation of Living Wage. The Coalition includes the Ankers and the founding members Social Accountability International, Fairtrade Labeling Organisation, UTZ, Goodweave, Sustainable Agriculture Network/Rainforest Alliance, Forest Stewardship Council and ISEAL Alliance. The Coalition welcomes new collaborators.

For more information, please contact Rohini Barreto: rbarreto@sa-intl.org
 
 
 

Cole Haan Joins SAI as a New Explorer Member 
 
Cole Haan has joined SAI's Corporate Programs as an Explorer level member. Corporate members work with SAI to improve working conditions across their value chains, using capacity building programs grounded in management systems and multi-stakeholder dialog. Cole Haan is an iconic American lifestyle accessories brand and retailer of premium men's, women's and children's footwear, handbags, leather accessories, outerwear and eyewear. Founded by Trafton Cole and Eddie Haan in 1928, Cole Haan stands for a commitment to craftsmanship, timeless style and de­sign innovation.

Ashley Davis, Global Manager of Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility at Cole Haan, explains that they joined SAI and started an ambitious project to re-design their supply chain program, because "Cole Haan was looking for a partner with a practical approach to supply chain transparency and a leader in continuous improvement methods and guidance for social compliance... A s we project global brand growth across an expanded supply chain, new product categories, and new customers around the world, we are re-engineering our corporate social responsibility program, and approach, in order to enable critical company growth while mitigating risks and having a net-positive impact on our supply chain partners."
 
If you are interested in our Corporate Programs or starting a custom project with SAI, contact SAI's Senior Manager of Corporate Programs Christie Daly at CDaly@sa-intl.org

 

 
Overcoming political and security challenges in the region, 4 companies from the steel production, food packaging and insurance industries launched Wave 4 of TenSquared Turkey  last month in Istanbul. Since 2015, 15 companies from varying industries have gone through the TenSquared program in Turkey. The 100-day projects have widespread benefits, with 90% of surveyed workers indicating that TenSquared benefits all workers in a facility. Survey results also show a perceived increase in management's openness to worker suggestion and these gains are sustained after the close of the project.   
  
Not to be outdone, TenSquared China celebrated successes as well this month, with the successful completion of Wave 1. Worker-manager teams from 2 electronic suppliers in the Shenzhen and Dongguan regions completed their 100 day projects, meeting their goals in reducing ergonomic risks and improving emergency evacuation. On March 17, the teams came together for the Sustainability Review workshop, to plan and prepare for sustaining their results and extraordinary gains well into the future.

A joint partnership of SAI and Rapid Results Institute,  TenSquared is all about trust, communication and collaborative problem solving - teams of 10 workers and managers together, breaking down silos and unlocking innovation in 100 days...with exponential results. 
 
 
New website
TenSquared has a new home online. All TenSquared activities and updates can now be found on our new website: www.TenSquaredProgram.org.    
 
If you are interested in participating in TenSquared, please contact Stephanie Wilson, Senior Program Manager on swilson@sa-intl.org. New waves are starting soon in Brazil, Turkey and China.
 

Training Highlight: Experiential Learning

A recent SAI Auditor Training Course conducted in Siem Reap, Cambodia, included an often-requested facility visit component. Participants were taken on a tour of an SA8000 certified facility, enabling them to gain practical, hands-on experience in a live factory setting.
SAI Lead Trainer Sanjiv Singh noted that, "a facility tour during the course not only adds value to participants, because they can understand the real-world complexities of auditing, and practically demonstrate what they learn in class, but is also useful to a facility because of observations that participants make while walking through the facility. In the words of Albert Einstein - The only source of knowledge is experience". This interaction between students and factory managers reinforces a key concept of SAI training: auditing should be a value-added activity, one part of a holistic process of ongoing capacity building and continual improvement. 

The course was conducted by SAI Lead Trainer Sanjiv Singh, and was hosted by Pactics Cambodia Co. Ltd.  Participants joined from three countries (Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia), and included a wide range of professionals. A special thank you to Martijn van Rijnsoever and Jack van Dokkum of Pactics Cambodia for providing the logistics and time.
 
The facility visit focused on health and safety, which reinforced the course material and integrated an experiential learning component into the course. Students' findings were then discussed and analyzed with the Pactics personnel. T he in-class discussions were also focused on some of the more recent and pressing problems facing the region, such as living wages and the recent Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement's  effects on labor standards (For more information you can read about it in this recent New York Times article ).
 
If you are interested in hosting a training course at your facility, email us at training@sa-intl.org. If you are interested in attending a course, you can see our full upcoming course schedule here
  

 

Launch of SA8000 Social Fingerprint Management Systems Tool 
Measure and Improve  
 
Companies from Australia, China, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Vietnam are leading the way -  they were the first to complete the new SA8000 Social Fingerprint Self-Assessment tool, which was launched last month. The tool is now online and open for enrollment from anywhere in the world, through our online SAI Training Center. For a limited time, we are offering a 20% discount to the first 200 clients that register for the English version of the SA8000 Social Fingerprint Self-Assessment before March 31, 2016 using this coupon code: SA8000SF20
We are working on making this widely available in other languages.

SA8000 Social Fingerprint enables organisations to measure and improve their management systems for social performance in accordance with the world's leading voluntary social certification standard for workplaces. It also creates a direct link between SAI and the applicant organisation for the first time, and SAI is
 currently developing courses, webinars, and other tools to assist companies in capacity building and continuous improvement.
 
Social Fingerprint for SA8000 is used as a stand-alone tool to help organisations prepare for an audit, by  providing an initial measurement of an organisation's management system and highlighting areas for improvement. It is also  the first step in undergoing an SA8000® audit for certification to the SA8000 Standard, and is required to begin the process.   

If you have any further questions about SA8000 Social Fingerprint, please contact Tracie Ninh at tninh@sa-intl.org.
 

SAAS Procedures Released 

SAAS has released and posted publicly the updated documents for SA8000:2014 procedures. These procedures are the best practice in assuring the effective implementation of the SA8000 standard and our primary goals of improving the day to day situation of workers as well as enhancing their longer term employment prospects. Many of the ideas for these updates came from you and the organisations that you work with, as well as from the other interested stakeholders, including various governmental organizations, NGOs, and trade unions.

All updated documents  can be downloaded directly from the document library on our website at:  http://www.saasaccreditation.org/document-library 

All CBs and stakeholders will be notified as soon as the SA8000:2014 Guidance documents are released. Training is also being updated. The Social Fingerprint system is now available for Self-Assessments, as detailed in the above article.  Please be sure to check the website periodically for new documents. The templates and SAAS guidance, when posted, will be available on the SAAS website at:  http://www.saasaccreditation.org/accreditation-requirements  
 
In addition to SAAS  updates, there are some additional external updates as well. For example, to qualify to certify organisations to SA8000:2014, we require compliance to ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015, as well as Procedure 200:2015 and Procedures 201A:2015 and 201B:2015.  Please refer to Notification 4A:August 2015, as well as Notification 4C: Transition Process for Accredited CBs for compliance requirements.

Thank you again for your participation in the SA8000 certification and accreditation process and support for the goals of the social accountability system. We look forward to ongoing and future cooperation as we move forward.
 
   
 

Founder Alice Tepper Marlin Featured in Conscious Company Magazine 
The Magazine interviewed her on the Business Case for Treating Workers Well

Founder and President Emerita, Alice Tepper Marlin is featured in the recent March/April Edition of Conscious Company Magazine. The article, entitled, Alice Tepper Marlin: The Business Case for Treating Workers Well, focuses on Ms. Tepper Marlin's work with SAI and the evolution of labor rights. CCM is the first print and digital, nationally distributed publication in the US to focus solely on sustainable business, with the aim to broaden the conversation about using business as a force for good. You can read the full article on Conscious Company's website here.


Senior Manager of Strategic Programs, Stephanie Wilson, on Work with SAI
 
As with a lot of my colleagues at SAI and SAAS, I grew up with a natural curiosity and interest in the welfare of those around me. From an early age my parents instilled in my sisters and I the notion of serving others and working to improve the lives of those around me. Throughout my undergraduate studies in Perth, Australia I travelled to India every summer to volunteer with various NGO's, orphanages and grassroots initiatives. My time in India truly impacted me and opened my eyes to the vast disparities and injustices that take place in our world. I left India knowing that I wanted to work in the realm of human rights - as cliché as it may sound, I really wanted to work to improve the lives of other people and play an active role in eradicating injustice.

 By 2011, I had moved to NYC and was working with SAI. From Day 1, I was so impressed with how SAI was not only investigating and analyzing the root causes of labor issues but that they were providing practical solutions that could be implemented. In life, there are enough people talking about the problems of this world, and not enough people providing solutions.

In 2012, the importance of SAI's work really hit home when I received a modern day message in a bottle from a man who made my SAKS 5th avenue shopping bag in a prison factory in China. (For more info click here). This experience put a human face to the millions of people working in the global supply chain for me. It reminded me that individuals still need organizations like SAI to help protect their rights and play a role in making their work lives fair and meaningful. Ultimately, I would love to see a day when organizations like SAI are not needed - but until then, we have really important work to do. 
 

SAI Promotions and New Staff Hire 
SAI Congratulates and Welcomes Several Team Members 

Rachel Kanter Kepnes -  
Manager, Policy & Stakeholder Engagement 

Rachel Kanter Kepnes has been promoted to Manager, Policy & Stakeholder Engagement. Since joining SAI in 2014, Rachel has excelled as Technical Writer, developing content for key projects such as our Environmental & Social Management Systems handbooks/toolkits for the World Bank/International Finance Corporation, our Forced Labor Guidance for Marine Stewardship Council, and the adaptation of Social Fingerprint for SA8000. In her new role, in addition to technical content, she will have the added responsibility of driving policy analysis and stakeholder engagement to assure that our programs are aligned with our strategic plan and the rapidly changing human rights and business landscape.


Tracie Ninh -  Project Manager, Standards & Impacts

Tracie Ninh has been promoted to Project Manager, Standards & Impacts. Since joining SAI in 2014, Tracie has gone above and beyond as Office Systems Manager, building and maintaining systems to ensure operational efficiency for various projects throughout SAI. In her new role, Tracie is responsible for managing the key aspects of the integrated SA8000-Social Fingerprint certification sys tem. She will create and execute a methodology for measuring, evaluating, and analyzing the SA8000 system to promote its credibility, impact and growth. She will also manage pilot programs to drive innovation and effective practices to address challenging issues in the field, such as wages, overtime and freedom of association.




Ashley Thomas -  Training Coordinator

Ashley has a background in international affairs and cross-cultural studies that spans a decade. She studied abroad  in political science program at Cambridge University in England. She attended the College of William & Mary in Virginia and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations with a minor in History. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she began her career in the public sector working for the U.S. Department of State assisting with research and office management in the African Affairs and South and Central Asian Affairs bureaus. She also expanded her interests academically, taking courses in public policy at Princeton University and Arabic and religious studies at the American University in Cairo. She worked briefly in the non-profit world before receiving her Master of Arts degree in International Affairs, concentrating in Governance and Rights from The New School where she did her thesis research on capacity building and local ownership in youth rights policy in Kosovo. While she has always been an avid learner about the world around her, her interests have always included advocating for compassion and human rights in communities where these rights are underrepresented.
 
At SAI, Ashley will assist the Training and Capacity Building Manager with all day-to-day operations of the classroom and online training program, including scheduling of courses, coordination of course venues and logistics, and pre and post course follow-up. She will also be helping to maintain and update SAI's Learning Management System, working to conduct data analysis on course usage and student feedback, as well as assist with the promotion of training courses and support other custom training projects as needed. In addition to her diverse background, she brings strong skills in customer service, coordination and managing databases. Her professionalism, experience, and passion for human rights make her an exciting addition to our team! 


Abdul Alim -  Lead Trainer based in Bangladesh

Abdul Alim is one of the most experienced specialists of management systems, environment and social auditing and training in Bangladesh. He is the first Bangladeshi trainer of the SA8000 auditor training course and has trained auditors in Bangladesh and overseas. 

Alim works closely with different human rights and social development organizations and is very active in social and cultural activities in Bangladesh. He is also the author of several articles related to social crisis published in various newspapers and web portals. Although Alim is a permanent resident of the U.S., he is currently based in Dhaka. 
 
For the last ten years, Alim worked as a Management system, Environment and Social Compliance Auditor, Trainer and Scheme Manager with different multinational certification bodies.  He has conducted over 1000 audits in 100 different business sectors against different international standards and codes of conduct such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, SA 8000, BSCI, and ETI. He has trained hundreds of Management System and Social auditors as an IRCA and SAAS-approved trainer.  He holds a master's degree in Business Administration and is an IRCA-approved Lead Trainer for Quality Management Systems. He trains in Bengali and English. 
 
 

Celebrating Women's History Month  

Women's History Month (March), and International Women's Day (March 8), celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It's a day when women, their work and struggles, are recognized around the globe. Social Accountability International strives to advance human rights at work, which means working to protect the integrity and equality of workers everywhere. Women are more likely to work in vulnerable or underpaid jobs; they are also responsible for the majority of food preparation and care and on average earn only 60-75% of men's wages. SAI's work helps to empower women and secure fair working conditions for them in industries around the world. We are proud to promote equality for all on this day and every day.
 
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