Standards Steering Committee

The Standards Steering Committee (SSC) is charged with providing oversight of the Cradle to Cradle Certified® Product Standard and is the main governance body for the standard. At its discretion and subject to approval of the C2CPII’s Board of Directors, the SSC maintains and further develops the standard’s requirements as it deems appropriate and necessary to preserve the integrity and viability of the standard and evolve the standard in accordance with C2CPII’s Mission and Strategic Plan.

The SSC is composed of technical and subject matter experts from a variety of stakeholder groups. These stakeholders may include qualified representatives of product manufacturers and suppliers; government or multilateral agencies; nonprofit, environmental or social compliance organizations; standards development bodies, academia and research institutions; service provider organizations, independent consultancies or other related entities. SSC members are appointed by the C2CPII Board of Directors.

Peter Karsch

Partner, Partners for Innovation

Partners for Innovation is a consultancy firm specialised in initiating, preparing, supporting and implementing projects and programmes in the field of renewable energy and sustainable product development. Partners for Innovation is active throughout Europe and Africa with offices in Amsterdam (NL) and Niamey (Niger), employing respectively 12 and 7 permanent staff.

Peter Karsch is one of the founders and co-owners of Partners for Innovation. He is a consultant and project manager specialized in developing and managing projects in the field sustainable innovation and renewable energy. Peter’s main focus is on the development of new products and services based on Cradle to Cradle and circular economy principles. Companies with which Peter has worked in recent years include frontrunners in Cradle to Cradle such as DESSO / Tarkett and Black Bear Carbon. Peter has been involved in initiating, securing finance, developing and managing projects for over 20 years, focusing both on the implementation and on policy and regulatory issues. In addition, Peter has extensive experience in the monitoring and evaluation of EU funded innovation projects and programmes.

Peter holds an engineering degree in Environmental Sciences as well as certificates in Environmental Quality Management and Management of Sustainable Innovation (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam).