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Social Accountability International's Newsletter - August 2013

The latest news and events on CSR, human rights and supply chain management from Social Accountability International (SAI)
Summary: 

SAI's newsletter is a monthly online publication, covering the latest news from SAI including CSR and supply chain management insight from the field, SAI program updates from around the world, Social Fingerprint®, SA8000 certification statistics, upcoming events and training seminars on SA8000 & the UN Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights, job opportunities, and more. The newsletter aims to provide readers with a glimpse into the impact of our mission, and its multi-stakeholder approach to achieving decent workplaces around the world.

Newsletter

SAI's newsletter is a monthly online publication, covering the latest news from SAI including CSR and supply chain management insight from the field, SAI program updates from around the world, Social Fingerprint®, SA8000 certification statistics, upcoming events and training seminars on SA8000 & the UN Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights, job opportunities, and more. The newsletter aims to provide readers with a glimpse into the impact of our mission, and its multi-stakeholder approach to achieving decent workplaces around the world.

'Pillars in Practice' Bangladesh Garment Sector Roundtable

The 'Pillars in Practice' (PIP) Program convened stakeholders in Dhaka to discuss key issues in the garment sector & advance the UN Guiding Principles
Summary: 

On May 12-15, SAI, the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DiHR), and the CSR Centre Bangladesh jointly convened two segments of the Pillars in Practice (PIP) Program in Dhaka - a 'Training of Trainers' (ToT) and the "Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Consultation" (MAC) forum to discuss the garment sector's impacts on human rights in Bangladesh.

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On May 12-15, SAI, the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DiHR), and the CSR Centre Bangladesh jointly convened two segments of the Pillars in Practice (PIP) Program in Dhaka - a 'Training of Trainers' (ToT) and the "Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Consultation" (MAC) forum to discuss the garment sector's impacts on human rights in Bangladesh.

7 Reasons Why Sweatshops Still Persist

Key supply chain realities that can help us see why sweatshops persist
Summary: 

(This article originally appeared on Triplepundit.com & the NonprofitHive.org)

Talk to any conscious consumer about sweatshops, and they are likely to ask you – “what company is ‘sweat free’?”

The answer is not simple. Although some companies do a much better job than others, it’s easier to name companies that are not sweat-free. Strictly talking about factories that produce for export to global retailers, supply chain management practices can enable sweatshop conditions. Since the term ‘sweatshop’ describes abusive workplace conditions, consumers should be conscious of how this happens, to ask the right questions and become part of the solution.

There are 7 key supply chain realities, which can help us see why sweatshops persist:

 

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(This article originally appeared on Triplepundit.com & the NonprofitHive.org)

Talk to any conscious consumer about sweatshops, and they are likely to ask you – “what company is ‘sweat free’?”

The answer is not simple. Although some companies do a much better job than others, it’s easier to name companies that are not sweat-free. Strictly talking about factories that produce for export to global retailers, supply chain management practices can enable sweatshop conditions. Since the term ‘sweatshop’ describes abusive workplace conditions, consumers should be conscious of how this happens, to ask the right questions and become part of the solution.

There are 7 key supply chain realities, which can help us see why sweatshops persist:

 

Call for Suppliers: Brazil Worker Engagement Program

SAI invites factories in the São Paulo region to join the Worker Engagement Program to help enhance health and safety systems
Summary: 

Over the past decade, it has become clear that to improve workplaces, management systems and effective ways to engage teams in tackling specific problems are needed. 

Millions of accidents occur every year in workplaces, taking a toll on workers, their families and the community. Occupational health and safety issues can be devastating to business, resulting in an enormous loss of productivity and reputational damage, yet they are some of the easiest issues to prevent. It is critical for workplaces to be in tune with its social performance, in order to move forward as a global competitor in their industry and meet customer expectations.

>>Learn more about the Brazil Worker Engagement Program

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Over the past decade, it has become clear that to improve workplaces, management systems and effective ways to engage teams in tackling specific problems are needed. 

Millions of accidents occur every year in workplaces, taking a toll on workers, their families and the community. Occupational health and safety issues can be devastating to business, resulting in an enormous loss of productivity and reputational damage, yet they are some of the easiest issues to prevent. It is critical for workplaces to be in tune with its social performance, in order to move forward as a global competitor in their industry and meet customer expectations.

>>Learn more about the Brazil Worker Engagement Program

Living Wage: Challenges & Opportunities Ahead

SAI's Edwin Koster discusses the context of living wage issues, and opportunities ahead for a broader collaboration
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On January 30, 2012,the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) and Rainforest Alliance hosted a Seminar on a Living Wage in Amsterdam.

Job Opening: Chief Operating Officer at Social Accountability International

Position based in SAI headquarters in New York City
Summary: 

Founded in 1997, SAI is a global multi-stakeholder organization.  Its mission is to promote human rights at work through standards and capacity building.  It is a leader in implementation, by documenting social accountability standards, delivering practical tools and building capacity for organizations to implement such standards.  SAI partners to train workers, managers, auditors, government agency staff and NGOs, using key tools including the SA8000 Standard, on-line Social Fingerprint, handbooks for implementation of UN and IFC principles, and a variety of targeted courses such as building worker-manager teams.  Its work is funded by the US, Dutch, German and UK government aid agencies, by foundations and individuals, and by companies seeking improved/more ethical working conditions in their supply chains.  For more information, please visit   www.sa-intl.org.

Reporting to the CEO, the COO is responsible for implementation of SAI’s annual plans, consisting of a comprehensive set of services, operations and programs designed to advance SAI’s mission and the strategic plan approved by the SAI boards. The COO will coordinate and provide overall management and mentoring to five departments and more than a dozen regional representatives, in cooperation with the CFO. The COO will be responsible for on-time and within budget delivery of all program operations plus supervision and performance evaluations of Department Directors and Senior Managers.

Deadline to apply: April 1, 2013

The job position is based in SAI Headquarters in New York City.

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Founded in 1997, SAI is a global multi-stakeholder organization.  Its mission is to promote human rights at work through standards and capacity building.  It is a leader in implementation, by documenting social accountability standards, delivering practical tools and building capacity for organizations to implement such standards.  SAI partners to train workers, managers, auditors, government agency staff and NGOs, using key tools including the SA8000 Standard, on-line Social Fingerprint, handbooks for implementation of UN and IFC principles, and a variety of targeted courses such as building worker-manager teams.  Its work is funded by the US, Dutch, German and UK government aid agencies, by foundations and individuals, and by companies seeking improved/more ethical working conditions in their supply chains.  For more information, please visit   www.sa-intl.org.

Reporting to the CEO, the COO is responsible for implementation of SAI’s annual plans, consisting of a comprehensive set of services, operations and programs designed to advance SAI’s mission and the strategic plan approved by the SAI boards. The COO will coordinate and provide overall management and mentoring to five departments and more than a dozen regional representatives, in cooperation with the CFO. The COO will be responsible for on-time and within budget delivery of all program operations plus supervision and performance evaluations of Department Directors and Senior Managers.

Deadline to apply: April 1, 2013

The job position is based in SAI Headquarters in New York City.

'Comply & Win' Success Building Government Labor Inspection Capacity

Project Comply & Win partners convene Sept. 12 in San Jose, Costa Rica to discuss project impacts
Summary: 

Governments play a key role in enforcing the labor laws that establish the minimum for decent work. However, lack of resources and access to training and technical assistance can limit their capacity to carry out inspections. In Project Comply and Win, the goal was to build the capacities of 5 Central American labor ministries to conduct quality inspections that emphasize root causes analysis of labor violations and more preventative approaches.

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Governments play a key role in enforcing the labor laws that establish the minimum for decent work. However, lack of resources and access to training and technical assistance can limit their capacity to carry out inspections. In Project Comply and Win, the goal was to build the capacities of 5 Central American labor ministries to conduct quality inspections that emphasize root causes analysis of labor violations and more preventative approaches.

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