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September 2015
1. Revised SA8000:2014 Timeline
2. TenSquared Turkey Survey Results
3. New Training Courses Live
4. UNGP Courses
5. Join the SAI Team
6. Why We Dedicate Our Lives to Human Rights at Work
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Training Courses  

October 28-29 
Copenhagen, Denmark

November 9-13
Lima, Peru

November 16-20
Hamburg, Germany

November 4-6
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
SA8000 Online Revision Course
NGOs & Trade Unions
Complimentary seats available for NGO & trade union representatives. For more information, email SAI Training & Capacity Building Team at training@sa-intl.org
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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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Transition flowchart has been updated

The timeline and process for organizations to transition to SA8000:2014 has been revised. The revision can be found in updated Notification 4A.  This transition information is applicable for organizations that are currently certified to SA8000:2008, as well as new ones seeking certification to SA8000:2014. Notification 4A should be read in conjunction with Notification 4B, which describes the training requirements for existing and new SA8000...


TenSquared Turkey Survey Results
Outcomes Show Workers Believe the Project Benefited All

Labor Link survey results reveal that nearly all responding workers who are aware of their factory's health and safety project believe it benefited everyone at the factory.

The majority of workers were aware of their factory's  TenSquared health and safety project while the project was ongoing (Day 85), and that awareness remained high after the project's end. This suggests a high level of worker engagement in the  TenSquared project.

Key findings include:

OHS projects had widespread 
Majority of respondents believe management became more open to worker suggestions...

Social Auditing and SA8000 Module Courses Released

SAI is pleased to announce that the new SA8000 Introduction and Basic Social Auditing Course is now being delivered! From September 1, 2015 the course is now updated and all inclusive of SA8000:2014 changes. As noted in the previous announcement of the new course structure, the updated course now takes a Modular Approach, so that our increasingly diverse audiences can tailor the training for their needs:

Module 1: Introduction to Social Auditing (3-day)
This Module will teach students how to apply methods and techniques to plan and conduct a Social Responsibility audit. Through formal presentation, class discussion, case studies, group exercises, and virtual tours of facilities, this course has the following learning objectives:
  • To communicate clearly &effectively with personnel at all levels of an organization, including workers
  • To apply methods and techniques to gather, evaluate & triangulate satisfactory objective evidence to ....

"We perceive the world through our education, experience, and background," all of which can be expanded by attending the UNGP course...  "This course will open their eyes to the fact that your specific skill is attached to something bigger. 
You must remember that human rights have equal status; no one human right is more important than the other."
- Student Danuta Kedzierska.

In June 2011, the UN adopted the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights, written by UN Special Representative John Ruggie. One of the implications of the principles is that businesses are expected to respect human rights in their company and in their supply chains. But what does this mean and how to you accomplish this? 

The training answers these questions. It will provide understanding on:
  • Content, scope  and implications of the Guiding Principles  
  • How can companies meet their responsibility to respect human rights
  • Distinguishing whether a company has caused, contributed to or is linked to negative human rights impacts, & what actions ....
October 28-29
November 25-26
Copenhagen, Denmark
Utrecht, Netherlands

SAI seeks a NYC Training Coordinator and local China SA8000 Consultant

Training Coordinator
Reporting to the Training and Capacity Building Manager, the Training Coordinator will aim to continually improve service delivery and support efficiency and expansion of our training and capacity building programs...

SA8000 Social Compliance & Management System Trainer in China
SAI seeks to expand its training capacity in China by recruiting and developing more qualified trainers. The focus is on gaining broader geographic coverage for a growing demand of Management System trainings needed in the country. In order to maintain quality...

Senior Manager of Corporate Programs, Christie Daly, on Work with SAI
I have been passionate about human rights for as long as I can remember, spending many summers and school vacations while growing up volunteering and trying to find ways to give back and contribute to my community. I think that passion was solidified during college, as an International Relations major taking a course on Ethnic Conflicts. Researching and writing about atrocities on scales that I hadn't previously computed changed the course of my studies, and eventually my career.  When I finally made the move to NYU for graduate school to focus international relations and human rights, I was particularly drawn to investigating the vast array of actors responsible for violating, protecting, and promoting the human rights of people everywhere, especially where these actors are one in the same - governments, individuals, corporations, in particular.  After spending a year writing my master's thesis on the intersection of business and human rights and the genesis of modern day CSR....