The management and the board of SKH hereby declare that it is crucial for a reliable and transparent certification process that the stakeholders are independent of the companies applying for a certification.

Organisational measures ensure that the activities offered by SKH cannot result in conflicts of interest. Continuous attention is paid to changed circumstances which can result in a potential conflict of interests. According to internal agreements, each situation will be assessed and relevant measures will be taken if necessary. The Board of Experts will be informed annually about the developments concerning this independence/impartiality and express binding opinions.

The primary activity of SKH is issuing certificates to applicants who meet the set requirements. The income from issuing certificates is the source of SKH's turnover.

SKH will take appropriate measures when third parties challenge the independence/impartiality of SKH.