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SAI and SAAS Mourn the Sudden Loss of Dr. Morton Winston

17 January 2017

Social Accountability International (SAI) and Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS) are deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Morton Winston, who suddenly passed away last week while on vacation in Peru.

An internationally recognized human rights scholar and activist, Dr. Winston served as a long-time member in both organizations’ boards, including as Chair of SAI’s Advisory Board, Chair of SAAS’ Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016, and as a member of SAI Founders’ Committee.

“Dr. Winston’s leadership, broad vision, objectivity, and wise counsel regarding human rights issues were hugely valued by all. He will be deeply missed by those who knew him and worked with him over the years,” said John Brookes, Executive Director of SAAS.

Dr. Winston brought to SAI and SAAS immense wisdom, sharing insights and perspectives as a professor of philosophy at The College of New Jersey and board member with Amnesty International, as well as his experience in numerous other academic and civil society roles.

“I am in awe of Mort’s depth of knowledge in human rights, his warmth, his complete dedication, his insightful leadership of several revisions of the SA8000 Standard, and above all his amazing ability to shepherd our multi-stakeholder board to consensus,” said Alice Tepper Marlin, Founder and President Emerita of SAI.

“We are so grateful to have known and worked with Mort. He influenced so many people with his intellect, commitment, humor and grace. We will miss him greatly, but his spirit and legacy will continue in our mission to advance human rights at work,” added Jane Hwang, SAI’s President and CEO.

SAI and SAAS extend their heartfelt condolences to Dr. Winston’s wife, Sally, and his three daughters.