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Demonstrate commitment to workers’ rights.

SA8000 is a leading social accountability standard developed by Social Accountability International (SAI). SA8000 requirements provide a framework for organisations to implement improved working conditions and fair treatment for employees across industries and in any country.

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SA8000 certification is a widely-recognised voluntary standard that demonstrates social accountability focused on the fair treatment of your workforce. First published in 1997, the current version is SA8000:2014.

The standard measures social performance in eight areas critical to social accountability, anchored by a management system element that drives continuous improvement in all areas of your organisation.

Brands and industry leaders alike appreciate SA8000 for its rigorous approach to ensuring the highest quality of social compliance in their supply chains, without sacrificing business interests.

Benefits of SA8000

Showcase social accountability

SA8000 social accountability certification provides a reliable, credible assurance that you maintain a humane working environment, continuously addressing and preventing social and labour risks.

Improve social controls

Under the SA8000 standard, you take ownership of your performance; so that you can continually monitor and improve your own internal social controls.

Competitive edge

Organisations are required to make their SA8000 certification public - while also free to publicise it - proving to stakeholders, clients and prospective employees that you prioritise fair working conditions, helping win new business and recruit top talent.

Independent verification

Increase your credibility with an independent assessment by an organisation recognised by the Social Accountability Accreditation Service (SAAS) as having the capability and expertise to provide a thorough and objective evaluation.

What are the benefits?


An accredited SA8000 certification provides ongoing and reliable assurance that you are upholding social performance expectations, while also continuously improving your management systems to address and prevent social and labour risks.

As a voluntary standard, it is central to SA8000 that organisations take ownership of their performance and continuously monitor and improve their own social controls.

Independent oversight and regular surveillance audits by Lloyd’s Register provide confidence that you are managing your operations effectively and have a low risk of non-conformities to the Standard.

Why work with us?

Technical expertise

The technical know-how and project management expertise of our highly-trained, experienced team ensures we can adapt our assurance and certification services to your organisational needs, enabling an effective and robust audit of your management system.

Unique methodology

Our unique methodology allows our social audits to focus on the areas and issues that are most important to your business. Our process helps you build a holistic system to identify potential hazards, mitigating risks at the appropriate place in your supply chain.

Your business helps LR to help others

The profits we generate fund the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charity which supports science and engineering-related research, education and public engagement around everything we do. All of this helps us stand by the purpose that drives us every single day: Working together for a safer world.


We maintain our independence and impartiality by proactively managing conflicts of interest across all LR businesses including those which may exist between consultancy and third-party certification services.  We will not offer consultancy services for any management system that is in the process of or has completed accredited third-party certification with LR. Further, if we are already providing consultancy services relating to a management system, we will not offer any accredited third-party assessment services.

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