Standards Design, Review and Revision

A core element of any standards scheme is, of course, the scheme’s standard or set of standards. Getting a standard’s design and drafting right, so that the standard is easily understandable and effective in delivering on its objectives, is essential.

OneWorldStandards has been asked by multiple schemes across a wide range of sectors to advise on standard structure, to draft standards content, or to review and comment on standards before their finalisation or revision.

Clients have included the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), the IUCN Green List for Protected and Conserved Areas (GLPCA), the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), Water Stewardship Australia (WSA), the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Equitable Origin and others.

“I appreciated both Matthew’s technical know-how on standard system design and operation, and the way he was able to lead diverse groups with different interests and opinions through complex challenges to consensual solutions. I’ve yet to meet someone who understands standards and strategies for their development as well as Matthew.” – Nick Hepworth, Director of Water Witness International


“We wanted to thank you for contributing to this work through your review of the draft document. This process was very helpful for us and significantly increased the quality of the final version.” – Ainsley Butler, Diamond Development Initiative

  • What people say about us

    "Matthew understands the nature and complexity of our sector whilst bringing the view from the standards world. I appreciated the dialogue: I expressed what I think I need and Matthew figured it out and made it better. I learned a lot in the process, and the findings have really helped us to gain clarity on the way forward." – Jian-hua Meng, WWF