International Associates (iA) operates as an independent third party certification body within the field of Social Accountability and Labour Standards, therefore, it is crucial due to the nature of this business that we actively engage and have effective two-way communications with relevant stakeholder organisations.

The objective of engagement stakeholders is iA to identify the applicability of social auditing as an approach of engaging stakeholders in assessing and reporting on corporate sustainability and its performance.

iA engage with stakeholders through direct memberships of trade bodies non-governmental organisations, educational establishments and the general public.

International Associates is a member of ABCB

The Association of British Certification Bodies (ABCB) is the UK Trade Association for nationally accredited certification bodies.  Membership is open to UK based certification bodies holding UKAS accreditation.

ABCB actively promotes nationally accredited certification and works with government departments, trading standards, purchasers and specifiers, UKAS and other stakeholders to promote its benefits. Membership of ABCB is restricted to certification bodies that are accredited by UKAS, or another recognized national accreditation body, or that are actively seeking national accreditation.