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Matthew Wenban-Smith

Executive Director, Responsible Steel

Matthew Wenban-Smith has worked in the area of voluntary sustainability standards and conformity assessment since 1994, when he was taken on by the newly established Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to set up its accreditation programme. He left FSC in 2006 to found the independent consultancy, OneWorldStandards Ltd, providing services to established and emerging sustainability standards initiatives, their clients and stakeholders.

OneWorldStandards has completed over 100 projects in the sector, for clients including the German development organization GIZ, the UN Forum for Sustainability Standards (UNFSS), the Rainforest Alliance, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), WWF International and many others.

Areas of work have included standards development, conformity assessment, product traceability, claims & labelling, business development and organizational governance.

Matthew was appointed Executive Director of ResponsibleSteeltm, the first global multi-stakeholder initiative for the steel sector, in 2017.