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Social Accountability International (SAI) promotes workers' rights primarily through our voluntary SA8000 system. Based on ILO standards and UN Human Rights Conventions, SA8000 is the most viable and comprehensive international ethical workplace management system available.
To promote human rights for workers around the world.
SAI works with companies, consumer groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), workers and trade unions, local governments —as well as a network of agencies accredited for SA8000 auditing, to help ensure that workers of the world are treated according to basic human rights principles.
SA8000 incorporates third-party monitoring for credible verification, and has built-in management systems to minimize ethical sourcing risk, increase worker efficiency and productivity, and sustainably enhance a company’s or facility’s social performance record.
SA8000 improves ethical workplace conditions around the world: not only is it the right thing to do but it also improves business productivity. Companies and their suppliers are increasingly aware that treating workers humanely and fairly makes extremely good business sense.
SAI has worked cooperatively on development programs in numerous countries, including China, Vietnam, Europe, Turkey and Central America, and trained many thousands of people in over thirty countries.
Alice Tepper Marlin serves as President of Social Accountability International. She has held this position since 1996, upon the founding of SAI.
She is currently also Adjunct Professor of Markets, Ethics and Law at NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Ms. Tepper Marlin is the recipient of numerous awards, including: Japan Society Fellowship, Right Livelihood Award, Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award, Social Venture Pioneer Award, and both Adweek's and Mademoiselle's Woman of the Year Award. She has been profiled in The New York Times, People, Vogue, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, Asahi Shimbun, Time and numerous other publications around the world. Ms. Tepper Marlin has also been interviewed by “The Today Show,” CNN, “Good Morning America” and more than 1,000 radio programs.
In 1969, Ms. Tepper Marlin founded the Council on Economic Priorities (CEP) and served for 33 years as President. At CEP, she wrote and/or edited dozens of books, including Shopping for a Better World (Ballantine Books). Earlier, she served as a securities analyst and labor economist at Burnham & Co., and as the editor of the tax journal of the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation in the Netherlands.
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Help End Sweatshops
Worker training in China
Your donation helps SAI subsidize costs related to assuring that factories meet international human rights standards for working conditions, improving the quality of life for working people around the world.
Teach Labor Rights
One day of worker rights
Your gift will bring one day of much needed training on Workplace and Human Rights to a factory worker or manager. This is achieved by bringing a worker from an SA8000 Certified factory to share their experience and knowledge to other factories and farms. Benefits include higher quality of life for workers, families and surrounding communities.
One factory worker visit
With your help, SAI can help send a worker or manager in China to another factory to talk about how their factory has improved, and some of the benefits to workers and to productivity, by adopting international workplace standards like SA8000.