Social Accountability International (SAI) is a non-governmental, multi-stakeholder organization whose mission is to advance the human rights of workers around the world. It partners to advance the human rights of workers and to eliminate sweatshops by promoting ethical working conditions, labor rights, corporate social responsibility and social dialogue.
SAI works to protect the integrity of workers around the world by building local capacity and developing systems of accountability through socially responsible standards. SAI established one of the world’s preeminent social standards—the SA8000 standard for decent work, a tool for implementing international labor standards–that has improved the lives of over a million workers in 63 countries. SA8000 guides employers to consider the importance of each job and to recognize the equal dignity of each person involved in the supply chain – from the worker to the retailer to the consumer. The SA8000 standard leverages the power of business and consumers to purchase products made from workplaces that enrich, not denigrate, the livelihoods of people.
Nathalie-I am currently a student at Wellesley College interested in issues of human rights and poverty particularly in developing countries. I chose to intern at SAI because of its honorable focus on improving labor standards and promoting sustainable development worldwide. Through this blog, I hope to share my discoveries of current human rights issues and highlight important articles and references that I discover over the course of my internship this summer.
Allison– I’m a rising senior at Wellesley College from California who is venturing to the East Coast to explore. In my free time, I enjoy figure skating, ice hockey, and practicing the martial art “Wushu”. Over the past year, I studied abroad in Beijing, China, and became fascinated with China’s labor and human rights topics. I am especially interested in migrant labor and I hope to highlight some key issues when the arise in the news.
Emily-I am a senior at Columbia University majoring in socio-cultural anthropology. Throughout my year interning at SAI, I have developed a keen interest in international development, human rights, and labor rights in particular. During my spare time I enjoy modern dance, reading national geographic, and exploring the world in perhaps ugly, yet incredibly comfortable walking shoes.
Stefanie–I am a graduate student at Syracuse University and will be receiving my masters in International Relations. Through my course work and previous experiences I have become particularly interested in CSR and how to implement ethical corporate practices through certification. My interests led me to SAI/SAAS because of its focus on ethical and responsible work place practices. I hope to share some of my experiences and thoughts from my internship here on this blog.