ARP bios

Members of the Accreditation Review Panel

Eileen Kohl Kaufman

A graduate of Wellesley College, where she earned a B.A. in Economics, Ms. Kaufman also holds an M.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia University. She has contributed to various publications including “ISO Management Systems”; “Aid & Trade Review”, “Enterprise Ethique”, “Business & Society Review”, Business and Human Rights Dilemmas and Solutions; SA8000 The First Decade; “Global Compact Quarterly”.  She retired as Executive Director of SAI in December 2014, having joined it when it was incorporated as CEPAA in May,1997.  During her tenure she participated in various partnerships including:  with Transparency International and other international organizations on the multi-stakeholder Steering Committee that developed and oversees the Business Principles for Countering Bribery;   with InterAction in its Child Sponsorship Certification Standards Pilot Project;  on development of the Magen Tzedek ethical food standard;  on the Technical Committee for AccountAbililty’s AA1000AS Standard ; on the Steering Committee for the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Assessing the Impacts of Social and Environmental Standards Systems; on the UNGC supply chain sustainability advisory group, et al.  Prior to joining SAI, she worked at the NYC Departments of Environmental Protection, Design and Construction, and the NYC Water Board.  At the organization’s inception, she worked at the Council on Economic Priorities, co-authoring Paper Profits, an analysis of paper mill pollution and its control by the 24 largest US paper manufacturers.

Rüdiger Meyer
Mr. Rüdiger Meyer is the founder and former CEO of FLOCERT, launching the Fairtrade Certification program in 2003 and managing the organization through 2020.  He has worked in sustainability, supply chain management, and ethical business management since 1993. Mr. Meyer has developed sustainability solutions for global industry leaders, as well as launched a digital platform for tracking products along the global supply chain, developed fair global supply chains for coffee (and other commodities), and facilitated establishment of a global network of Fairtrade producers.  Mr. Meyer started his career as a journalist and campaigner with a diploma from University of Bielefeld, Germany.  He speaks German, English, Portuguese and Spanish. Currently, Mr. Meyer serves as a board member and managing director of the EDGE Certified Foundation in Switzerland.

Sam Ponder
Mr. Sam Ponder is Principal Consultant and Lead Auditor of SDP Holdings.  He specializes in accreditation and certification within the multi-stakeholder sector primarily for various organic certification bodies operating throughout Asia and the Pacific.  Mr. Ponder is also an Associate Consultant for OxfordHR operating in AsiaPacific and has completed a number of senior management placements. In former capacities, he was Managing Director of ASI GmbH in Germany and General Manager of Agsafe, both independent third-party Accreditation services and General Manager of The National Association of Sustainable Agriculture Australia.  A keen observer of management systems, an advocate for food security and sustainable production techniques, Sam holds an MBA in Agribusiness and Marketing from the University of New England. Sam lives in semi–retirement with his wife at Maleny in Queensland, and has three adult children.