Adrian Rimmer will leave the Gold Standard Foundation in March 2015 and a new CEO is required

Adrian Rimmer will be leaving the Gold Standard Foundation in March 2015, after almost 5 years as CEO.

“I‘m passionate about finding practical ways to catalyse action on sustainability and climate change”, said Adrian. “I am truly proud of what we have achieved, I am ready for something new: given the importance of the Foundation’s work in the lead up to COP21 and beyond I decided that I must either make a move now or commit to two more years,” he explained. “It’s essential that my successor has the opportunity of a solid run up to Paris.”

David Shelmerdine, The Gold Standard’s President and Chair of its Board of Directors, said “I want to recognize and thank Adrian for his hard work in expanding the Gold Standard’s activities and his vision for what the Gold Standard can bring to climate policy and finance.

The Gold Standard is working with the Executive Search firm Acre, who will be leading the search for the next CEO. Their lead consultant is Simone Awramenko who can be contacted on +44(0)20 7400 5589 or by email at:

Adrian has committed to supporting the recruitment and transition process for as long as needed and to maintain the quality and momentum of the Gold Standard’s work during this time.

Adrian joined the Gold Standard in 2010 and has overseen significant growth and transition: from a carbon certification standard focused on clean energy to one that is working across energy, land-use and water; developing and advocating for integrated, result-based frameworks. Its emission reduction certification scheme continues to be recognized as the benchmark for best practice and is currently in use by more than 1200 climate and development projects in 50 counties. As a result it has increased its market share and seen a 400% increase in the volume of emission reductions certified annually. In 2012 The Gold Standard expanded its scope to cover land use & forests and it is now demonstrating how sustainable agriculture practices can be delivered more effectively with climate and development finance.