AA1000 standards board collectively resigns
Date: 12 Jan 2011
The Standards Board that oversees the AA1000 standard has announced that it has collectively resigned over loss of trust between it and the directors of Accountability. This had arisen following changes to the business model of AccountAbility and how this leaves the standard as a 'public good' shaped by stakeholder governance.
The Board, in its letter of resignation, said that lack of responsiveness from the AccountAbility management team had already led to resignations from the governing council. The organisation is now suffering a credibility gap over the independence of the AA1000 standard, it said.
"The resignation of the [Standards Board] is in no way prompted by a lack of confidence in the future importance of the standards. Indeed, trends in the market place are placing more relevance on further development of the standards, and it remains the hope of the individual members ... that the present difficulties can be overcome quickly, so that the users of the standards can be assured that the standards will continue to be supported and enhanced."
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