Certification Standards Board

The Certification Standards Board (CSB) is the decision-making body responsible for maintenance and revision of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard.  The CSB is composed of industry leaders from Cradle to Cradle certification holder companies, Cradle to Cradle Certified assessors, and topical experts, and is chaired by the Institute's Vice President of Science and Certification. CSB members are appointed by the C2CPII Board of Directors.

Cedric Wintraecken

Head of Certification Team, EPEA GmbH - Head Office Hamburg, Germany

As a scientific research and consultancy institute, EPEA - founded in 1987 by Prof. Michael Braungart - works with companies as well as stakeholders from industry, science and government to implement Cradle to Cradle® materials management throughout the supply chain. The scientific basis at the heart of the Cradle to Cradle design concept is chemistry, biology and environmental science, which are combined with product optimization and product development. Through this interdisciplinary approach, the institute goes beyond conventional boundaries to improve the whole system of materials use and reuse. The goals are innovation, quality and good design in order to optimize the quality and use­fulness of materials, products and services through eco-effective design - and thereby, to have a positive impact.

For several years, Cedric Wintraecken has worked on multidisciplinary Cradle to Cradle projects as project manager, content developer, strategists and lecturer. As Head of Certification Team, he is responsible for the development and implementation of the Cradle to Cradle® Product Certification within EPEA’s headquarter in Hamburg. Furthermore, he works simultaneously as project manager on a wide range of projects and develops business strategies within the Certification Team and beyond.


Cedric studied Social and Political Sciences of the Environment at the Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and conducted socio-environmental field research in Asia concerning the impact and implication of biofuel crops. Additionally, he gained commercial experience in the energy sector (i.e. the innovative field of energy awareness and monitoring) as market researcher and developer of communication and marketing strategies. Besides, he is also a food expert and encourages a positive food culture. With this background and his Cradle to Cradle experience of the last years, he makes a valuable solution-oriented contribution to the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard.