Complying with the codes and conduct related to social responsibility is becoming more important to business corporations nowadays. Workers are more concerned about their rights, ethical issues, and decent workplace. In addition, customers tend to boycott the products of unethical or irresponsible companies. Thanks to modern communication technology, people can easily access up-to-date information relating to social issues. The lack of social responsibility can affect a company’s reputation. Among the issues under international scrutiny are child labor, discrimination, and workplace conditions. Although several codes of conduct on these issues have been developed, the Social Accountability: SA8000 standard appears to be the most comprehensive, with a well-developed system for independently verifying the compliance of businesses.
SA8000, published in October 1997 and revised in June 2014 by Social Accountability International, is an international standard for social accountability. Its objective is to ensure the ethical sourcing of goods and services. It is a voluntary standard and can be applied to any size of organization or business. SA8000 covers child/forced labor, health and safety, freedom of association, right to collective bargaining, discrimination, discipline, working hours, compensation, and management systems. Attaining SA8000 certification can give a company a competitive edge by ensuring that it is practicing ethical trading initiatives, thus enabling it to attract new customers and enter new markets, especially in a business environment where social issues are increasingly important. Clear commitment to social and ethical standards can also help companies attract well-trained, reputable staff, thereby increasing their loyalty and the quality and productivity of the organization.
The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), is implementing a self-learning e-course from July 10 to October 9, 2015 (3 months). This course will provide participants basic knowledge and inputs on how to develop, implement, audit, and improve social accountability management systems under the requirements of SA8000.
The structured self-learning e-course will be implemented through the APO’s dedicated e-learning website: http://www.apo-elearning.org/moodle19/. The participants can register on this website and create their own accounts. Registration starts at 10:00 am on July 10, 2015, ongoing until the end of the course.
As the National Productivity Organization, the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) is in charge of the coordination and promotion of the program at the local level. In this regard, DAP invites the public to register and participate in this FREE learning opportunity.
For more information, please refer to the poster advertisement or contact the APO/DAP Secretariat at Tel. No. 631-2126, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Attn. Mr. Michael M. del Mundo or Ms. Bonna D. Frias. Other details can also be found at these websites: http://www.dap.edu.ph (DAP); http://www.apo-tokyo.org (APO);
Note: Participants from non-APO member countries are welcome to take the course, but will not be provided certificate.