Gold Standard is a standards body that stands for the best that can be achieved in climate and development projects. It was established in 2003 by WWF and other international NGOs as a best practice standard to ensure projects that reduced carbon emissions under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) also delivered sustainable development benefits. Gold Standard now has more than 80 NGO supporters and 1400+ projects in over 80 countries, creating billions of dollars of shared value from climate and development action worldwide.

With the launch of a new standard in 2017, Gold Standard for the Global Goals, Gold Standard now certifies a range of independently-verified UN SDG impacts in addition to carbon credits. The Gold Standard plays a vital role in creating confidence in climate and sustainable development finance and increasing flows of funding to the sector.

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    Climate and development
    projects in 80 countries

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    96 million

    Tonnes of CO2 saved
    (nearly double the annual
    emissions of Switzerland)

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    4.2 billion

    Dollars of value created in
    benefits beyond carbon

In 2019, Acre were looking for a natural leader to join the Gold Standard as their CEO. The successful candidate joined the Gold Standard Foundation at a critical point of their exciting journey to lead a highly talented team as they take their services forward in three core areas: certification of corporate action, alignment of investment portfolios and the policy debate, all towards climate action and achieving the sustainable development goals.

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    The role required operational expertise and demonstrable team leadership skills within the context of a globally dispersed and agile operation.

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    Building excitement and mobilising key decision-makers around Gold Standard’s mission was an integral part of this role in order to secure government funding and source grant funds.

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    Knowledge and experience of the sustainability and climate space was an essential part of the search criteria for The Gold Standard's new CEO.

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    The successful candidate was required to demonstrate outstanding communication and presentation skills, ideally demonstrated by a history of speaking engagements.

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