SAI Newsletter – October 2021
SAI COVID-19 Relief Funds Support Worker and Community Engagement in Tirupur
In October 2020, SAI allocated COVID-19 relief funds to Vizhuthugal, a small nonprofit in India that supports migrant workers and their families in the garment sector. With SAI’s help, Vizhuthugal was able to reach over 2,000 people in fifteen mills through mental and physical health pop-ups, OSH awareness programs, skill and capacity-building trainings, youth workshops, and an emergency relief distribution reaching hundreds who live in and around the Erode District, benefitting mainly migrant workers and vulnerable populations. Read more.
Photo credit: Vizhuthugal
Call for Participants: New Blockchain Platform Enabling Garment Manufacturers to Showcase Production Capacity and Labor Performance
SAI is now welcoming garment manufacturers in Bangladesh and India to pilot an innovative blockchain-based platform hosted by SAI and technology partner, Vertru, to improve production planning and advertise capacity, quality, and labor compliance to brands. The Platform is ready and garment manufacturers in Bangladesh can access it at no cost, gaining access to new tools and free training. The Platform also includes a Production Capacity Calculator and a mechanism for improving capacity measurement and forecasting practices. Read more.
Photo credit: Farhana Fara Akther
Woman with red hair scarf sewing ready-made apparel
SA8000 SPOTLIGHT: Danper Peru uses social certification to intergrate sustainable livelihoods into business
Danper is a leading Peruvian agribusiness company. Certified since 2012, Danper made the decision to seek SA8000 certification because they believe it is one of the most complete and rigorous standards on human and labor rights. “We believe that the greatest challenge for DANPER is precisely to maintain and improve our SA8000 system. Our responsibility is to ensure that the job we give is not only the job through which they can develop themselves and their families, but is also a source of dignity and pride.” Read more. Photo credit: Danper
The Anker Research Institute
Introducing Anker Research Institute: Living Wage and Income Corporate Sponsors
The Anker Research Institute’s Living Wage and Income Corporate Sponsors program has officially launched and is accepting new Sponsors!

The program will help ensure a sustainable future for the Institute's living wage and living income research. In return for their support of the Institute and its mission, Corporate Sponsors will gain public recognition of their membership, a forum for group discussion and an inside look into upcoming studies.

For more information or to find out how to become a Corporate Sponsor, contact
Photo credit: Marcel Crozet/ILO
Photo credit Marcel Crozet ILO
New Living Wage and Living Income Reports
The Anker Research Institute and Global Living Wage Coalition also released several new living wage and living income reports. The Institute released living wage update reports for:
SAI is the institutional host for the Anker Research Institute and is a co-founder and steering committee member for the GLWC.

Photo credit: CUESA
Upcoming Workshops & Training Opportunities
Upcoming SA8000 Introduction and Basic Auditor Training Courses
November 8–12 | Shanghai (Chinese)
November 15–19 | Remote - Asia/Pacific
November 22–26 | Remote - Italy (Italian)
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