SAI Human Rights at Work 2016
Year in Review

As 2016 draws to a close, we would like to thank you for your continued partnership and support of our mission. We are pleased to share some highlights from the year, which show how much can be accomplished through practical implementation and multi-stakeholder approaches. Looking ahead to 2017, our 20th anniversary, we are excited to continue working with you to achieve even greater milestones and greater impact .

As we reflect on all the work accomplished and the even bigger challenges and opportunities ahead, please consider making a contribution to SAI today.

Thank you, and best wishes for a happy, healthy new year.

Advancing Living Wages Across the Globe
SAI continued to promote the adoption of living wages that meet workers' basic needs to maintain a safe, decent standard of living. Living wage has been a core part of the SA8000® Standard since its inception, and a s a founding member of the Global Living Wage Coalition, SAI works to expand its adoption with Fairtrade International, Forest Stewardship Council, GoodWeave, ISEAL Alliance, Sustainable Agriculture Network/Rainforest Alliance and UTZ Certified

To date, the Coalition has been supporting the development of 28 living wage benchmarks around the world, and conducting numerous stakeholder workshops and webinars. A living wage manual authored by the Coalition's partners Dr. Richard and Martha Anker is ready for release in January 2017.

The benchmarks are meant to facilitate dialogue among stakeholders, including collective bargaining processes, and to spark ideas for various implementation approaches. 
TenSquared Reaches 50,000 Workers and Managers 
In 2016, SAI together with the Rapid Results Institute successfully completed the TenSquared worker ---     manager engagement pilot in Turkey and launched a new program phase with electronics factories in China. Initiated in 2013 with support from The Walt Disney Company, the program to date has helped teams from 39 companies in 20 industries to achieve ambitious  health and safety goals. Out of the participating teams,  95 percent have met and 25 percent have surpassed their goals in 100 just days.  The companies engaged are suppliers to more than 25 global brands and retailers, such as  Bayer,   Disney, Hasbro, and HP.
Some highlights include: 
  • A team in China reduced evacuation time from over ten to under three minutes.
  • A change in assembly line processes prevented worker injuries and also saved a company in Brazil up to $120,000 a year.
  • Through improved risk assessments and increased worker engagement, a team in Turkey reduced limb trauma accidents by 50 percent.
Over a Thousand Companies Start Social Fingerprint®
In 2016 alone, over one thousand facilities, licensees and vendors  enrolled in SAI's Social Fingerprint® management systems program. The program helps companies to measure and improve processes such as risk assessment, corrective and preventive actions, worker and stakeholder engagement, grievance mechanisms, and capacity building. It is a code-agnostic program that can be used by companies in diverse industries and varying levels of maturity and performance.
Social Fingerprint® is now also a part of the SA8000® certification process  ---       click here to  undertake Social Fingerprint® and upgrade your certification to SA8000:2014 by June 30, 2017.
SA8000® Standard Now Reaches 2.1 Million Workers

The SA8000® Standard now reaches over 2.1 million workers, protecting them against child labor, forced labor, and discrimination, promoting freedom of association and worker voice, and improving health and safety, working hours, and living wages. Certified companies increasingly cite the benefits for their workers and managers as well as for their business.
  • Employees in certified organizations: 2,152,008
  • Number of certified organizations: 3924
  • Countries: 68
  • Industries: 55
Statistics through Sept 30, 2016.  Click here for more information.

A Growing Community of Practice ---    SAI Training Reaches 2,000 Professionals

Almost two thousand people attended SAI's classroom and online training courses in 2016, enhancing their professional development in social performance. The number of training participants reflects the growing influence and range of people committed to advancing the field of business and human rights. They include social auditors, company sourcing and CSR managers, government agents, investors, NGO managers, and trade unionists. 

In addition to the public courses in 20 countries in 2016, SAI conducted customized courses for global organizations such as Children's Place, El Cortes Ingles, FMO Development Bank, International Labour Organization, and Target.

The public training schedule for the first half of 2017 is now available online  ---        register today.
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