In light of increasing global consumer scrutiny, CRYSTAL APPAREL’s strict audit program ensures the highest ethical sourcing standards. Systematic audits and comprehensive vendor education ensure production from socially and legally responsible suppliers.
Much like ISO 9000 for quality management and ISO 14000 for environmental management, the SA 8000 provides a set of standards for evaluating social accountability in the following areas:
Child labour: Companies may not support the use of child labor. The Social Accountability International (SAI) standard defines child labor as the work of "any person under 15 years of age, unless local minimum age law stipulates a higher age for work."
Forced Labour: Companies may not support the use of "forced labor."
Health and Safety: Companies must provide a safe and healthy working environment for their employees. Freedom of Association and Right to collective Bargaining: Companies must respect the right of all employees to form and join trade unions of their choice and to bargain collectively.
Discrimination: Companies may not engage in or support discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, or political affiliation.
Disciplinary practices: Companies may not engage in or support the use of corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion or verbal abuse. Working hours: Companies must comply with applicable laws and industry standards on working hours.
Compensation: Companies must ensure that wages paid for a standard working week meet at least legal or industry minimum standards.
Management systems: Top management must define the company's policy for social accountability and labor conditions to ensure that it includes a commitment to conform to all requirements of this standard and national and other applicable laws.
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