Standard development




The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute was founded by William McDonough and Michael Braungart to assume independent responsibility for the administration of the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Products Program and the development of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard. Version 3.0 of the Standard has been licensed to the Institute and governance of the Standard has been transferred to the Certification Standards Board.


Introducing Version 3.0

Version 3.0 is the latest revision to the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM Product Standard, developed by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry and licensed exclusively to the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. Version 3.0 revises and expands on Version 2.1.1 (last Updated 2010).


Certification Standards Board

The Certification Standards Board (CSB) is an 11 member board consisting of manufacturers, topical experts, and other stakeholders, tasked with oversight of ongoing development of the certification Standard.


Revisions to the Standard

The Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Product Standard is periodically revised to keep up with current research, data, and technologies. The Certification Standards Board has initiated the development of version 4.0. This effort begins with the formation of independent advisory groups, and continues engagement with stakeholders through a transparent process that will include two public comment periods. Learn more and get involved.


Stakeholder feedback

Feedback concerning the certification Program should be addressed to the Institute using this form. Issues and feedback are important to us and to the ongoing development of the Program.