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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.

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.


Randy Rankin
Mr. Rankin is a professional with a broad range of experiences – with significant experience over the past 20 years in Supply Chain Risk Management and Corporate Social Responsibility. During this period, he has been involved in the development of industry standard methodologies for consideration of supply chain social compliance; establishment of performance standards for firms providing social compliance auditing services; and development of company perspectives on supply chain risk management issues.  Mr. Rankin is currently the Vice President and General Manager of Supply Chain Solutions at Phyalgen - an early stage biotech company using microbial DNA forensics to determine product provenance.  Randy is also a member of the Stakeholder and Executive Boards of the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA) - an entity formed to create and deploy professional standards for social compliance auditors.  From 2008 to 2016, he was the Vice President of CSR Services at Bureau Veritas, a global testing, inspection and conformity firm. At Bureau Veritas, Mr. Rankin was responsible for all elements of the CSR services business and the development and deployment of supply chain risk management solutions for international consumer products companies.  Prior to 2008, Mr. Rankin was the founder and CEO of Global Social Compliance – a leading independent social audit firm with offices in the United States and the People’s Republic of China. He started his professional career with Price Waterhouse, where he was admitted to partnership in 1996. Randy holds a BS in Accounting from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona.  Beyond his professional activities, Randy is very involved in his son’s endeavors as a nationally ranked race car driver.