A related body is a separate legal entity that is linked by common ownership or contractual arrangements to the accreditation body. SAAS undertakes an annual review of related bodies to analyze possible conflicts of interest.
Social Accountability International is a related body to SAAS. SAAS is a department of SAI and maintains its own independent decision-making process for its accreditation systems.
SAAS has procedures in place to ensure that the activities of any related bodies do not compromise the confidentiality, objectivity and impartiality of its accreditation activity. SAAS maintains different top management and personnel than that of its related bodies, and decisions for accreditation are the sole responsibility of the Executive Director in consultation with an independent Accreditation Review Panel.