Yvo de Boer and Eric Soubeiran join Gold Standard Board

We are delighted to announce that Yvo de Boer joins our board as President-elect. We also welcome Eric Soubeiran, Danone’s Global Nature, Human Rights & Water Cycle Director. 

A fond farewell—and warm welcome—from the President of our Board:

As my term as President of the Gold Standard Board comes to a close, I reflect on the past eight years—the challenges we’ve faced and the opportunities that these challenges have created. This has culminated in the development and launch of Gold Standard for the Global Goals, which has the potential to catalyse action toward climate security and sustainable development at a massive scale.

What is clear is the importance of collaboration along the way. I’d therefore like to express my deepest thanks to our partners, project developers and NGO supporters. With your partnership and expertise, we have been able to deploy new solutions for credible impact quantification and certification in new contexts, including cities, corporate supply chains, and impact investing.

I am delighted at how far we have come. Yet we still have a great deal more to do. It is thus with great pleasure that I hand the reins to Yvo de Boer, the former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). We also welcome to the board, Eric Soubeiran, Danone’s Global Nature, Human Rights & Water Cycle Director. Together they bring a fresh perspective and a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise in climate policies, market mechanisms, finance, corporate insights and sustainability.

It’s been a privilege and an honour to have served this organisation. Thank you to my colleagues on the Board, to the Secretariat, and to all our stakeholders for your contributions to the Foundation, and for making this experience so rewarding. It is thanks to the work that you do, that we move ever closer to fulfilling our vision of climate security and sustainable development for all.

David Shelmerdine



Yvo de Boer, a Partner at SRI Executive, currently works with development agencies to ensure that their strategy and organisational structure are aligned with the challenges of the day. Prior to joining SRI Executive, Yvo served as Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). He also worked as KPMG’s Global Chairman of Climate Change & Sustainability Services and led the international process to respond to climate change in the role of Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC from 2006 to 2010.

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 Soubeiran is Danone’s Global Nature, Human Rights & Water Cycle Director, and member of its Cycles & Procurement Board. In this role, he is 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.


Media Category: News
Event Dates: Wednesday, November 28, 2018