QCINASIA’s Social Audit is performed according to the standard of Social Accountability 8000, which is based on international workplace norms including ILO conventions, UN´s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Convention on Rights of the Child.
It covers the below areas:
No workers under 15 years of age, unless the local law specifies a higher age for work or mandatory schooling. Minimum lowered to 14 for countries operating under the developing-country exception of ILO Convention 138.
The company shall not use the forced workers, for example, debt bondage workers, or lodge ‘deposits’ or identity papers to personnel to make them work reluctantly.
Health & Safety
The company should provide a safe and healthy work & living environment, provide regular health and safety training to employees, retraining is required for new comers, need establish a system to detect the potential threats to health and safety.
The working hours should comply with the applicable laws and industry standards, but no more than 48 hours per week with at least one day off in every seven-day period. Voluntary overtime should be paid at a premium rate and not exceed 12 hours per week.
Freedom of Association & Right to Collective Bargaining
The company should respect the right to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively, should facilitate parallel means of association and bargaining if this right is restricted by law. The representatives of the union should have access to the members and not receive discrimination.
No discrimination based on race, caste, origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, or age in hiring, remuneration, training, promotion etc.; no sexual harassment.
No corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion or verbal abuse.
Wages paid for a standard working week should meet the legal or industry minimum standards and be sufficient to meet the basic need of workers, no disciplinary deductions, no labor- only contract to avoid social obligations.
The company should integrate the requirements of SA8000 into the daily operation, establish the related procedures, review the actual implementation, take corrective actions, and get continuous improvement; appropriate records should be kept and maintained to show the conformance to the standard.