SACAS went Global

SACAS is one of the leading certification bodies in South Africa and just open up offices in Ireland to service Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe over and above services we rendered throughout Africa, rendering value-added certification services.

The environment is a strategic and valuable asset for Ireland which must be protected and proactively managed to ensure it forms the basis for a healthy society and our economic wellbeing.

There is growing acknowledgement internationally that our current production and consumption behaviours as well as our governance and development choices cannot be sustained without posing a significant threat to the environment and to human health.

In line with Irish, European and international policies, Ireland needs to transition towards a resource-efficient, low-carbon and environmentally-friendly economy in which the resources and services provided by our planet are protected and enhanced, and citizens’ health and wellbeing are safeguarded.

It is with this focus in mind that SACAS Ireland want to be one of the world's best sustainable and independent service provider of technical services for certification and training. Sustainability is a core topic for us and determines our certification services. We work profit-oriented with respect to our social and environmental responsibility. We truly believe companies will only be successful in the long term if they incorporate sustainability in their philosophy and in the way they manage their business.

To us, this means on the one hand responding to our customers’ future needs and contributing to their success with the certification services and training we offer. We help our clients make their products, services and processes more efficient and more sustainable. On the other hand, we face the responsibility we have as a certification body for our people, society, and the environment. We are committed to making a contribution to a future that meets both human and environmental needs on a sustainable basis.

Those topics that are seen as especially relevant for the future viability of SACAS Ireland from our internal as well as from our stakeholder perspective are the foundation of our sustainability strategy, combined with the principles of the UN Global Compact.

The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact

Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principles-based approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Responsible businesses enact the same values and principles wherever they have a presence, and know that good practices in one area do not offset harm in another.

By incorporating the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to people and planet, but also setting the stage for long-term success.

The Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact are derived from: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

Human Rights

Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

Labour

Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;

Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;

Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and

Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

Environment

Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;

Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

Anti-Corruption

Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.