The SA8000 Standard At RICE we also use an international recognized social accountable standard to guide the CSR development of our company and suppliers. This is called: The SA8000 standard for a safe and healthy workplace and good working conditions Our commitment to this standard is your guarantee that RICE does care and work continuously to improve on our CSR profile. We do not want our lack of experience to harm the process, so where our knowledge ends, we involve external consultants. The French consultant company Acta Verba guides us on the SA8000 certifications. In 2002 RICE got the SA8000 certification as the first company in Scandinavia – and obviously we are very proud of that. The SA8000 is both a checklist and a way of dealing with the developmental process of our suppliers. When we choose new suppliers, we make sure that they uphold the ethical standards of RICE. Where improvements are needed, we engage in a long lasting cooperation with the supplier and use the SA8000 standard as a tool in the developmental process. SA8000 is an international standardized code of conduct for improving working conditions around the world. The certification is not just a nice badge of honour it is also RICE’s promise to continuously work on building a socially responsible business. The central points of SA8000 is: No child Labour No forced Labour Ensure safe and healthy working conditions Ensure freedom of association and the workers right to collective bargaining No discrimination of any kind No physical or mental punishment Proper working hours, and ensure one day off as minimum Wages must comply with the law, and meet the needs of workers and their families Get to know more about the Social Accountability International SA8000 standard. Read our annual Social Accountability Report to the Global Compact. At RICE we don't just believe in a better world - we work for it!