A best practice methodology and a high quality carbon credit label for both Kyoto and voluntary markets

About Us

Gold Standard works to create a climate secure world where sustainable growth brings life-changing benefits to communities everywhere. Our role as a standard and certification body is to maximise the impact of climate and development activities. We design the strongest processes that amplify the impact of efforts to deliver clean energy and water, responsibly manage land and forests, and transform lives of the world’s poor. We then verify those outcomes, inspiring greater confidence that drives investment to accomplish even more.


Gold Standard was established in 2003 by WWF and other international NGOs as a best practice standard to ensure projects that reduced carbon emissions under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) also delivered on their dual mandate to foster sustainable development. Now with more than 80 NGO supporters and 1100 projects in over 70 countries, our projects have delivered billions of dollars in climate and development outcomes in local communities all around the world.

Our Values:

  • Pioneering – For more than a decade, Gold Standard has shown how climate finance can achieve its highest potential. Now, we’re pushing the goal further, creating new and innovative programs and tools and integrating these into holistic interventions to deliver impacts at a greater scale—for climate security and sustainable development for all.
  • Collaborative – To realize our ambitious vision, we will join forces with strategic partners who share our goals and complement our strengths.
  • Rigorous – We will build upon our reputation for quality and rigour with more robust measurement of outcomes and deeper impact across the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Transparent – We were established to bring confidence, trust, and accountability to carbon markets. We will continue to take strides to improve transparency in our own processes and the broader market.

Our Strategic Focus:

The cornerstone of our strategic plan is to create Gold Standard 3.0 – a holistic standard that integrates Energy and Waste, Land Use & Forests, and Water to maximise the benefits of the respective scopes. With a single, streamlined certification process that reduces costs and complexity, Gold Standard 3.0 will assess the impact of project activities toward the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. By strengthening our core differentiator, we will support our partners in securing the highest value for Gold Standard credits, and we will promote this position with aggressive demand-building efforts.


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