OneWorldStandards Ltd is a consulting company founded by Matthew Wenban-Smith.

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Matthew has worked in the area of voluntary sustainability standards and conformity assessment since 1994, when he was hired by the newly created Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to set up its accreditation programme. He went on to manage the Soil Association’s Woodmark forestry programme for three years, before returning to FSC as its Head of Standards and Policy. He founded OneWorldStandards in 2006, with the idea that his experience could be of benefit to other established or emerging standards initiatives, their users and stakeholders.

As well as his consultancy work Matthew has served on the Technical Advisory Board of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Technical Panel of the High Conservation Value (HCV) Resource Network, and is the current Chair of the ISEAL Technical Advisory Committee.

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OneWorldStandards works regularly in partnership with like-minded organisations and individuals who share our values and work ethic, and who have complimentary skills and areas of expertise.

We are happy to have collaborated on past projects with:

  • Michael Spencer & Associates
  • Dr Timothy Synnott
  • Kevin O’Grady & Associates
  • Wiebke Herding and colleagues at ON:SUBJECT
  • Jason Morrison and colleagues at the The Pacific Institute
  • Sarah Roberts, then with Arup Engineering
  • Dr Halina Ward, then at the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development
  • Dr Nick Hepworth, then with Water Witness International, now with Common Futures Consulting
  • Alexis Morgan, Water Expert for WWF International
  • Aimee Russillo of Liseed Consulting


  • What people say about us

    “Matthew supported the HCV Resource Network with initial thinking on how to design a scheme for quality control of High Conservation Value assessments and we were greatly helped by his creativity, experience and in-depth familiarity with standards and verification procedures” – Anders Lindhe, HCVRN Technical Manager