We manage best practice standards for climate and sustainable development interventions to maximise impact, creating value for people around the world and the planet we share.
Gold Standard was established in 2003 by WWF and other international NGOs to ensure projects that reduced carbon emissions featured the highest levels of environmental integrity and also contributed to sustainable development. With the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, we launched a best practice standard for climate and sustainable development interventions, Gold Standard for the Global Goals, to maximise impact, creating value for people around the world and the planet we share.
Gold Standard is a non-profit organisation founded by WWF in 2003. Gold Standard accelerates progress toward the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through robust standards and verified impacts. It sets the standard for quality so that climate action goes beyond reducing carbon to provide sustainable development benefits – to contribute to a climate-secure and sustainable world.
Gold Standard is the standard of choice for many UN agencies, high-ambition governments and leading companies, helping them to meet their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and sustainability targets.
Discover more about who we are, what we do, and why we're the standard choice for UN agencies, governments and leading organisations to help them meet their sustainability targets.
We seek to accelerate progress toward the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals through robust standards and verified impacts. We do so by reducing barriers to market entry, increasing capacity, and incentivising more action across three strategic pillars: environmental markets, corporate sustainability and climate + development finance.
Theory of Change
By creating robust standards for climate and development interventions that enable the credible measurement of impact, Gold Standard aims to create $100 billion in shared value by 2030.