Assurance Oversight Committee

The Assurance Oversight Committee is charged with ensuring the objectivity and impartiality of Equitable Origin’s assurance processes.

EO's assurance mechanism is evolving and we seek to continually improve our system. Initially, EO will approve Assessment Bodies (ABs) that will audit under the EO100™ Standard, performing a similar role to an accreditation body. To ensure objectivity and impartiality, the Assurance Oversight Committee will act as an independent body that will oversee EO's processes related to the approval of ABs and to all certification decisions.

The members in alphabetical order are:

  • Doug Cahn, Principal of The Cahn Group, LLC
  • Anna Jenkins, Managing Director, Ethical Change

Doug Cahn, Principal of The Cahn Group, LLC

Mr. Doug Cahn is the principal of The Cahn Group, LLC, a corporate responsibility consultancy dedicated to creating sound business practices that are consistent with societal needs and stakeholder expectations. He is also the founder of Clear Voice, an initiative that promotes effective grievance mechanisms for workers in supply chains. Mr. Cahn has been a corporate responsibility and public policy executive for over 30 years. During that time, he has implemented corporate programs that address supply chain labor standards, human rights, the environment, government relations, community relations, advocacy and communications. He co-founded the Fair Factories Clearinghouse, a non-profit initiative of global retail companies, consumer brands and retail trade associations dedicated to creating a system for managing and sharing information about workplace conditions. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Verité, a non-profit research and advocacy organization dedicated to humanizing the global workplace. He is also an advisor to Goodweave, whose mission is to end child labor in the carpet industry.

Anna Jenkins, Managing Director, Ethical Change

Ms. Anna Jenkins has 20 years experience working on forest issues. Her principal expertise is in forest certification and broader forest matters, including leading FSC UK for over 6 years from 1999 - 2005. In 2006 she co-founded Ethical Change where she works with a variety of clients on forest and other resource sustainability concerns. Ms. Jenkins tends to focus on environmental and social issues, she has expertise in stakeholder consultation and facilitation and her work often involves the pulp and paper sector - including certification, sourcing and due diligence, consumption levels and forest carbon concerns. In 2008 Ms. Jenkins co-authored the Greenpeace report Holding the Line with FSC, a critique of the FSC system. She has authored other forest reports for WWF and a coalition of forest NGOs, has delivered consultancy services to forest and paper companies and has forest auditing experience within the FSC system. Her clients also include the Environmental Paper Network (EPN) and European EPN, FSC, the Soil Association, Climate for Ideas and Carbon Gold amongst others. She started her career at Fauna & Flora International and holds a Master's degree in Forestry from the University of Oxford.