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Mallen's personal blog

Arguments against CSR and some answers

Definitions of Corporate Social Responsibility


The Global Reporting Initiative - is it fit for purpose?


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Companies in the News

Enron, Nike and BP

Case studies of managing a crisis
Johnson & Johnson
and Tylenol

Exxon Valdez
Snow Brand Milk

Emerging Issues

Drugs companies and AIDS
When to quit a bad country


Social Accountability 8000 - SA8000

Social Accountability 8000 (SA8000) has been developed by Social Accountability International (SAI), known until recently as the Council on Economic Priorities Accreditation Agency.

SAI is a non-profit affiliate of the Council on Economic Priorities (CEP).

SA8000 is promoted as a voluntary, universal standard for companies interested in auditing and certifying labour practices in their facilities and those of their suppliers and vendors. It is designed for independent third party certification.

SA8000 is based on the principles of international human rights norms as described in International Labour Organisation conventions, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It measures the performance of companies in eight key areas: child labour, forced labour, health and safety, free association and collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours and compensation. SA8000 also provides for a social accountability management system to demonstrate ongoing conformance with the standard.

UPDATE January 2002 - the latest version of SA8000 has been released by SAI. Follow the "CSR Resources" link on this page to download a copy.

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This page is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility site of Mallen Baker. It is constantly updated with analysis and opinion pieces on different aspects of CSR - with a mostly international focus, with some particular interests on the UK.

Initiatives such as SA8000 will be covered, and updated, periodically on the site, and in the free CSR fortnightly email newsletter associated with the site, Business Respect. The easiest way to keep in touch is to subscribe.


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Other initiatives of interest


The Committee of Inquiry

Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Ethical Trading Initiative

The United Nations Global Compact

Global Reporting Initiative

Global Sullivan Principles

London Benchmarking Group

SA 8000

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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