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June 2015
1. New from SAI May Advisory Board Meeting
2. Living Wage Group
3. HP Living Progress Report
4. SA8000:2014 Timeline
5. SAI welcomes Rohini Barreto
6. SAI 2015 Summer Interns
7. UN Guiding Princples Training Courses
8. SA8000 Training Courses
9. Highlights & Announcements
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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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June2015
News From SAI May Advisory Board Meeting

Letter from Alice Tepper Marlin, President

 

Alice Tepper Marlin, SAI President and CEO with Amy Hall, Chair of SAI's Advisory Board and Director of Social Consciousness at Eileen Fisher
Photo By: Joe Iarocci 

Convening SAI's wonderful multi-stakeholder Advisory Board is one of my favorite jobs. Just look at the engaged, energized attendees at our 3-day spring meeting, hosted in Hamburg, Germany, by Tchibo GmbH, one of the world's largest coffee roasters and a very popular retailer in Germany. The company is also among the top sustainability leaders in Europe and the world.

 

Achim Lohrie of Tchibo and Laura Rubbo of The Walt Disney Company kicked off a fascinating discussion of new thinking and initiatives around the rapidly growing engagement of governments, especially in Europe. The German Alliance for Sustainable Textiles, in formation, is among the most ambitious. The aim under discussion is to extend decent work well beyond cut & sew, all the way down the value chain. Cotton may be expected to have at least 20% organic and sustainably grown by 2020 and 100% by 2050. This initiative involves retailers, unions and ministries, has had input into the G-7 agreements, and is expected to apply not only to Read More>>


For more information about SAI's Advisory Board, please view our website or email info@sa-intl.org

 

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Living Wage Group  
Progress made in the Living Wage Group 

Participants of the Training of Master Researchers workshop with Alex Katz, Senior Manager of Research & Stakeholder Engagement (back row, third from left) and Martha and Richard Anker (front row, third and fourth from left)


The Living Wage (LW) Coalition has made significant progress and is well on the way to begin a LW database. Richard and Martha Anker have written the training manual to calculate living wage benchmarks in rural and urban contexts. The manual, currently in draft form, is being used internally by the standard setting organizations and researchers of the LW working group. A finalized version will be publicly available.

 

A Training of Master Researchers workshop in Istanbul, Turkey has been completed. The five-day workshop trained eight qualified researchers on how to apply the Anker methodology. The impressive group members come from six countries: Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania, India and China. These researchers will begin the long term goals of building a LW database for  Read More>>

  

If you are interested in having an estimate done in a particular area, please contact Alex Katz at akatz@sa-intl.org 


HP Living Progress Report 
SAI Signatory Member uses Framework to pursue sustainability

SAI is pleased to share the release of HP's 2014 Living Progress Report.  HP, a SAI Signatory Member since 2012, has solidified its reputation as an industry leader in corporate social responsibility. This report recognizes HP's work with SAI in striving to improve human rights and sustainability within its supply chain.  

Noting contributions to multi-stakeholder initiatives, the 2014 Living Progress Report describes HP's participation in SAI's TenSquared program in Brazil:  
 

"In collaboration with Social Accountability International (SAI), The Rapid Results Institute, and Labor Link, HP conducted a 100-day program at three supplier sites in Brazil to reduce worker injuries from physically demanding work. Our supplier, Flextronics, reduced absenteeism due to injuries from 8% to 4.8% over the course of the program, producing tangible cost savings. Given this success, we plan
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For more information about SAI's Corporate Programs please see our website here, or email Christie Daly, Senior Manager of Corporate Programs at  cdaly@sa-intl.org


SA8000:2014 Timeline  
Timeline flowchart for transition to SA8000:2014

We are pleased to announce the timeline and process for organizations to transition to SA8000:2014. This is applicable for organizations that are currently certified to SA8000:2008, as well as new ones seeking certification to SA8000:2014. This Notification 4A should be read in conjunction with Notification 4B, which Read More>>
 
For more information about the transition to SA8000:2014, please email saas@saasaccreditation.org  
 

 SAI welcomes Rohini Barreto to SAI Team

 

SAI Director of Strategic Programs on
Why She Dedicates Her Life to Human Rights at Work 

 


Rohini Barreto is the Director of Strategic Programs. She is responsible for designing, developing, marketing and implementing key SAI capacity building programs.

 

Ms. Barreto first discovered SAI while working at a company that collaborated with SAI. She decided to join the organization because of its commitment to human rights, as well as its "innovative work and amazing team." Like other members of SAI's staff, social justice has been important to Rohini for years. From a young age, she was involved in volunteering and felt the need to give back to her community. SAI appealed to her even more than other human rights-oriented organizations because she feels it is possible to see the direct impact of SAI's work. For instance, the team has been able to measure positive results from Read More>>
 

For more information about SAI's staff please view our website page here  or email info@sa-intl.org  
 

SAI and SAAS 2015 Summer Interns

Why Do They Work for Human Rights at Work?
 

Tasneem Ahmed 

I am a rising junior at the University of Connecticut majoring in economics and human rights. My particular interests focus on economic development and labor rights of workers worldwide. My passion for such issues stems from having witnessed extreme poverty and hardships of the underprivileged in Bangladesh. The numerous political obstacles often hindering economic development in underdeveloped countries like Bangladesh, combined with the growing power of multinational corporations in the international arena, is what makes me believe that corporations partnered with NGO's have the capacity to make a significant change in the world. This realization is what drives me to want to focus my future career on Read More>>

 

 

Charles Wong

I am currently a rising junior pursuing a double major in Global Studies and Politics with a double minor in Communication Design and Chinese Studies at The New School. As a Global Studies major who has a keen interest in the study of economic progression in developing countries, I believe working for SAI can further educate me on the complexity of supply chains and the management of corporate responsibilities. I am working with Alicia Mara as the marketing and communication intern to Read More>>

 

Simone Liano 

I am a rising junior at Wellesley College, studying Neuroscience and Economics. I have become increasingly interested in socially responsible business practices over the past year and am excited to learn about how to implement positive change through partnerships between businesses and nonprofit organizations such as SAI. This summer I will be interning in SAI's Training & Capacity Building team, and working with Emily Crain to produce a prerequisite course for the SA8000 Basic Course, among other projects.
 

I first became interested in worker human rights after Read More>>

 

Maggie Gabos 

am a candidate for a Master of International Development at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School for Public and International Affairs. I am majoring in Development Planning and Environmental Sustainability, with a special focus on corporate responsibility and human rights. My passion for sustainable development through corporate responsibility stems from experiences working with organizations in Uganda and Kenya, as well as my international relations education. Through examining the different ways I could do development work, I realized that developing countries are rich with natural resources and human capital and that they do have the ability to grow sustainably. The way that corporations interact with Read More>>

 

Sanam Shetty 

I am a rising junior at Wellesley College majoring in International Relations-Economics and minoring in Chinese Language and Literature. My study of and experiences in developing countries in Asia have sparked my interest in sustainable development, externalities of business, labor rights, and public policy. I am greatly looking forward to my time at SAI and SAAS where I hope to gain a deeper understanding of corporate social responsibility as well as the practical processes of advocating for labor rights. I am interning at SAAS where I am working with  Read More>>

For more information about SAI's Internship program, please view our website here or email recruits@sa-intl.org
 

UN Guiding Principles Training Courses  

Photographs from UN Guiding Principles Course in Utrecht, Netherlands
 


UN Guiding Principles Course in Utrecht, Netherlands led by SAI Trainer Edwin Koster in September 2014

 

For more information about UN Guiding Principles Courses, please view our website here or email Training Manager, Emily Crain at ECrain@sa-intl.org 


Snapshots from SA8000 Training Courses  

Photographs from SA8000 Courses in New Delhi, Dhaka, and Guadalajara
 

SA8000 Basic Course in New Delhi, India June 15-19

SA8000 Advanced Course in Dhaka, Bangaldesh on May 19-21

SA8000 Basic Course in Guadalajara, Mexico on May 18-22 

 

For more information about SAI's Training Courses, please view our website here or email Training Manager, Emily Crain at ECrain@sa-intl.org 


Highlights & Announcements
 
Eileen Fisher featured in EcoSalon
Corporate member, Eileen Fisher, was featured in EcoSalon. Read about how this phenominal "pioneer in the space of social consciousness" commits to sustainable and ethiical business practices here.

HP and Disney named "best practice" organizations by TriplePundit

TriplePundit published an article entitled "Legislative Trend Challenges Supply Chain Management." The article discussed how increasingly complex legislation related to supply chain management can be overwhelming for companies that only view social responsibility through the lens of compliance. Two of SAI's corporate members, HP and Disney, were listed as "best practice" organizations that went beyond simple compliance, and instead implemented truly valuable practices in their supply chains. HP's direct hiring practices were praised, as well as Disney's decision to make public its list of suppliers. The article commended both HP and Disney for being role models within their respective industries. The article can be viewed here.