Gold Standard is a not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
Gold Standard is an associate member of ISEAL, the first climate-centric standard to reach the associate member status, joining a growing number of initiatives that are driving positive social and environmental change across multiple sectors.
Gold Standard is a not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
Gold Standard is ISEAL Code Compliant - the first climate-centric standard to do so, joining a growing number of initiatives that are driving positive social and environmental change across multiple sectors.
Board of Directors
The Gold Standard Board of Directors supports our vision and mission by providing financial oversight and strategic governance.
Yvo de BoerPresident of Gold StandardYvo de BoerPresident of Gold Standard
Yvo de Boer works with development agencies to ensure that their strategy and organizational structure are aligned with the challenges of the day.
Prior to joining Gold Standard as President, Yvo de Boer served as Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), significantly expanding its operational partnerships and bringing financial stability to the Institute. He also worked as KPMG’s Global Chairman of Climate Change & Sustainability Services, helping companies to develop a broad definition of value which recognizes social, human, environmental, intellectual capitals in addition to financial capital.
Yvo led the international process to respond to climate change in the role of Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2006 to 2010. Throughout his career, he has focused on the economics of sustainability to help policymakers and the business community understand the consequences of acting, or failing to act, in economic, social and environmental terms.
Yvo received a knighthood from her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands in 2009 and the Dutch Climate Award in 2010. In 2018, Yvo received the European Practitioner Achievement Award in Applying Environmental Economics.Eric SoubeiranVice-President Sustainable Sourcing at UnileverEric SoubeiranVice-President Sustainable Sourcing at Unilever
Eric Soubeiran is Managing Director Climate & Nature Fund and Vice-President Sustainable Sourcing at Unilever. He previously served as the Global Nature, Human Rights & Water Cycle Director at Danone and was a member of its Cycles & Procurement Board. In this role, he was responsible for coordinating the company’s approach and actions on climate change, water resource protection, regenerative agriculture, circular economy and human rights. Eric also serves as administrator of the Livelihoods Carbon Fund. Previously, he served as Danone’s Global Nature & Senior Climate Director.
Eric began his career in strategy consulting and mergers and acquisitions, then joined Rexam Plc to lead strategic planning of its beauty and medical devices division. In 2006, he relocated to India to take on the role of Managing Director of the newly acquired business of Rexam.
In 2010, he joined Danone to head the group’s operations in the sub-continent. During this period, he launched a range of nutritional products designed for the ‘bottom of pyramid’ customers, with an innovative route to market approach. In 2013, Eric joined Danone’s marketing team, in charge of Activia and Vitalinea brands for the French market. In 2014, Eric was appointed director of milk sourcing for Danone in Europe, managing a network of 4,000 dedicated farmers across six European countries during a period of deep transformation in the milk marketMatthew SpannagleIndependent ConsultantMatthew SpannagleIndependent Consultant
Matt has worked in more than 50 countries on 6 continents and published a textbook on climate change: The Complete Guide to Climate Change (Routledge). He has developed and prepared projects and programmes with key private, public and multilateral partners across a range of technologies and types: reforestation, avoided deforestation, agroforestry, wind, geothermal, hydro, biogas/biomass, solar PV, lighting and SHW systems, household and building energy efficiency, methane capture and use, industrial energy efficiency (cement, power stations, transmission) and behaviour change. He has also undertaken several adaptation projects, primarily related to water management/IWRM and assessing and improving the resilience of infrastructure.
Matt has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, and completed his Masters of Environmental Engineering Science by research on climate risks to large infrastructure (particularly dams). Matt has worked in a parastatal in NSW, Australia; with the federal governments of Australia and Canada; the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the donor agency AusAID a medium sized private sector company focused on central Africa, and as an independent consultant providing strategic advisory services to governments and multinational companies.
Matt has been actively involved with the Gold Standard Foundation almost since it’s outset, and is Chair of the Gold Standard Technical Advisory Committee.Preety M. BhandariSenior Advisor, Global Climate Program and the Finance Center, WRIPreety M. BhandariSenior Advisor, Global Climate Program and the Finance Center, WRI
Ms. Bhandari is Senior Advisor, Global Climate Program and the Finance Center at the World Resources Institute. She previously served as Diector for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Division of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC) at ADB and as Chief of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management thematic group, where she was responsible for providing policy and strategic direction to ADB’s initiatives on climate change and disaster risk management, including mobilizing concessional financing from multilateral funds such as the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF). She also has an oversight on climate financing from ADB’s own resources including through investments in private sector.
Prior to joining ADB, she was heading the Finance, Technology and Capacity Building Program of the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. She led the support to the international negotiations on climate finance, which culminated in the launch of GCF and the Standing Committee on Finance. Ms Bhandari coordinated the establishment of the Technology Mechanism under the Convention, which includes the Climate Technology Centre and Network. She has also worked as the Director of the Policy Analysis Division at TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) in India.
She has over 30 years of experience in environment, climate change and sustainable development, having worked on projects across Asia, and in multicultural and diverse organizations. She is on the editorial board of Climate Policy and has in the past served as a member of the core group on climate change, established by the Government of India to assess India’s strategy for the UN climate change negotiations. She has also helped adjudicate for the Climate CoLab at MIT, which mobilizes and harnesses innovative ideas to address the challenge of climate change. She is currently advising initiatives led by the 2050 Pathways Platform. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee to the project on Mobilizing Development Finance being coordinated by the International Institute for Sustainable Development.Manuel Pulgar-VidalGlobal leader of Climate & Energy at WWFManuel Pulgar-VidalGlobal leader of Climate & Energy at WWF
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal is the global leader of Climate & Energy at WWF and interim chair of the IUCN Climate Crisis Commission. He has more than 35 years of experience in environmental law and policy. He served as Minister of the Environment of Peru (2011 to 2016) and President of the Twentieth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - COP20 in 2014.
Pulgar-Vidal was the Executive Director of the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, an influential institution in Latin America. He has a law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, where he is a professor, and has completed studies for a master’s degree in Business Law at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas. He is a board member of Forest Trends, Amazon Conservation Association, Peruvian Society of Environmental Law, CARE-Peru and the Science Based Targets initiative and a member of the Assembly of the World Wide Fund for Nature - Colombia.
He is also member of the Steering Committees of F20 and the Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative as well as a member of the Aspen Institute Management and Leadership Advisory Group, the IUCN International Committee for the Nature Based Solutions Global Standard and the advisory board of the Centre for Multilateral Negotiations – CEMUNE. He has recently been appointed as the chairman of the newly created IUCN Climate Crisis Commission as well as Champion for the Action Agenda for Nature as part of the Convention of Biological Diversity, in an effort to develop the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. He has been invited to serve on the US Advisory Committee on Foreign and Voluntary Aid.
He is the chairman of the evaluation council of the French sovereign Green Bonds. As an active member of different groups aimed at achieving strong outcomes as a part of the formal climate talks and the non-party stakeholders’ agenda, he is an Ambassador for the Race to Zero and Race to Resilience campaigns.
He has been recognized with the Légion d´Honneur by the French Government, the Grand Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Cross of the Civil Order of Environmental Merit of the Spanish Government, the Order of Merit for distinguished Services of the Peruvian Government and the Shackleton Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for his contribution to the Paris Agreement and has been inducted into the Earth Hall of Fame of Kyoto.Luc GnacadjaPresident of GPS-Dev (Governance & Policies for Sustainable Development)Luc GnacadjaPresident of GPS-Dev (Governance & Policies for Sustainable Development)
Luc GNACADJA is a renowned international expert on governance issues for sustainable development. He is the founding president of the think tank GPS-Dev (Governance & Policies for Sustainable Development) whose mission is to facilitate the transformation of governance systems to make them more conducive to sustainable development.
He has extensive experience and high-level credentials in reflecting, advocating for, and integrating environmental issues into public policy to promote sustainable development, as well as a proven leadership capacity to facilitate change and transformation in regional and multilateral contexts.
Architect by profession and CEO of an architecture and urban planning consultancy based in Cotonou, he was Minister of Environment and Urban Development of Benin (1999-2005) and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (2007-2013). In the latter capacity, he was a guiding voice and a leading advocate for sustainable land development in the negotiations leading up to the Rio+20 Summit in 2012 and is the architect of the concept of "Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN)" now integrated into the 2030 development agenda as target 15.03 of the SDG.
GNACADJA received the 2003 “Green Award” from the World Bank for promoting environment-friendly public reform in Benin, and the “Cook Prize in Desert Architecture” from the Ben-Gurion University of the Neguev in 2014 for “his lifetime contribution to a sustainable built environment”.Yannick GlemarecExecutive Director at Green Climate FundYannick GlemarecExecutive Director at Green Climate Fund
Yannick Glemarec has been involved in the development and/or management of over 1,000 multilateral climate and development projects and over 100 multi-partner climate and development trust funds in over 140 countries throughout his career.
He has been holding executive functions for the past 20 years, from UNDP Deputy Executive Coordinator for the Global Environment Facility in 2003 to Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund from April 2019 April 2023.
He holds a PhD from the University of Paris in Environment, and two Master Degrees in Hydrology and in Business Administration. He has authored and co-authored over 40 United Nations publications and peer reviewed articles on climate finance and environmental management.
- David ShelmerdineDeputy Chairman, ClimateWorks AustraliaMelbourne, Australia
- Timothy KingHead of Research, Australian Equities Core, Colonial First StateSydney, Australia
- Daniel WienerFounder and President, ecos and Global Infrastructure BaselBasel, Switzerland
- Silke KarcherEuropean Climate and Energy Policy and New Market Mechanisms, BMUBBerlin, Germany
- Scott HarderWater Sub-Committee ChairEnvironmental Finance Group, USA
Technical Governance Committee
Our Technical Governance Committee is responsible for ensuring the rigor and integrity in all our work. It's an independent body composed of market specialists that provide expertise, guidance and decisions on methodology approval, rule changes and appeals. Read our Technical Governance Guiding Principles and terms of references (TORs)>>
- Matt SpannagleEnergy Sub-Committee Chair & TGC MemberIndependent Consultant, Belgium
- Dr. Jacqueline Gehrig-FaselLUF Sub-Committee Chair & TGC MemberTREES, Switzerland
- Kerry ConstabileEnergy Sub-Committee MemberUSA
- Sue Ellen JohnsonTAC LUFUSA
- Anu ChaudharyEnergy Sub-CommitteeSustainPLUS, India
- Steve ThorneEnergy Sub-CommitteeSouthSouthNorth, South Africa
- Tom OwinoEnergy Sub-CommitteeClimateCare, Kenya
- Dr. Neil BirdLUF Sub-CommitteeWood Rising Consulting, Austria
- Shigueo WatanabeEnergy Sub-CommitteeCO2 Consulting, Brazil
- Sudha PadmanabhaEnergy and LUF Sub-CommitteesFair Climate Network, India
- Dr. Tony KnowlesLUF Sub-CommitteeThe Cirrus Group, South Africa
- Dean ThomsonWater Sub-CommitteeWorld Vision, Australia
- Jessica Wade-Murphy de JimenezEnergy Sub-Committee, Atmosphere AlternativeColombia
- K. KartickEnergy Sub-committee, South PoleIndia
- Lawson HendersonLUF Sub-CommitteeRainforest Alliance