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SAAS Appoints John Brookes as Executive Director

Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS) has appointed John Brookes as its new Executive Director. SAAS is SAI's affiliate organization that oversees the evaluation, accreditation and monitoring of organizations that audit and certify organizations to social standards.

Mr. Brookes brings to SAAS more than twenty-five years of experience in the field of social certification, accreditation and monitoring. "John's long association with SAAS and SAI, combined with his deep knowledge and experience in the field of social auditing, will be valuable assets as he leads SAAS into its next chapter," commented Morton Winston, Chair of SAAS Board of Directors.

Mr. Brookes was involved in the development of the SA8000® Standard for decent work in the 1990s. Since then, he has contributed to the regular updating of the standard's oversight requirements and protocols. His previous positions with SGS and AIG have equipped him with extensive knowledge of social, environmental and quality assessment systems.

Mr. Brookes considers the improvement and development of sustainable social responsibility practices as one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. He says "I'm excited to contribute to SAAS's goal of a world where all people enjoy fair and safe workplaces."

Mr. Brookes will replace Rochelle Zaid, who has led SAAS since its inception and will now transition to a new role as Senior Director of Standards and Impacts at SAI.

Ms. Zaid commented, "With John's in-depth expertise in social certification and accreditation as well as the systems that SAAS supports, we are excited to have him lead SAAS into its next generation. I feel confident in passing on this post to an experienced professional like John."

Contact information:

John Brookes
Executive Director
Tel: 212-391-2106 Ext. 203

October 2016