Certified Gender Impacts
Support projects using Gold Standard’s Gender Responsive Framework to ensure your investment delivers verified, meaningful contributions to women’s empowerment
Why does gender equality and women’s empowerment matter?
Empowering women and girls is one of the most effective ways to fight climate change. Closing gender gaps can also accelerate progress towards many other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Conversely, poverty, education, health, jobs and livelihoods, food security, environmental and energy sustainability will not be solved without addressing gender inequality.
Gender sensitive design + Gender responsive performance = Maximum impact
Gold Standard for the Global Goals features strengthened safeguards around gender equality to help integrate women into the solutions for climate security. Adherence to these safeguards means that projects are certified as ‘Gender Sensitive,’ demonstrating that they have followed the latest best practice in designing and shaping their activity. In addition, projects can conduct gender analyses and take actions to proactively address gender gaps, contributing to SDG 5, Gender Equality. By using Gold Standard’s ‘Gender Responsive’ Framework, projects assess and certify impacts to a wide range of SDG 5 indicators, helping to improve transformational dimensions of women’s empowerment, including:
- School enrolment and graduation rates
- Income generation opportunities and equal pay
- Access to financial mechanisms
- Incentives to recruit women, increase capacity and provide career development
- Time saved collecting water, fuel and forest products to spend toward better use
Fund certified impacts for leadership in climate security + gender equality
How projects certify impacts
PROJECT DESIGN: Gender sensitive certification
Gender Sensitive Requirements are applicable to all projects seeking Gold Standard certification. Projects must meet requirements on gender safeguards and gender sensitive stakeholder consultations during the design and implementation stage.
PROJECT PERFORMANCE: Gender responsive certification
Projects that certify their SDG 5 Gender Equality impacts follow the Gender Responsive Framework, selecting from a range of gender-relevant indicators.
What can be claimed
- SDG Target 5.1 - End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
- SDG Target 5.4 - Recognise and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate
- SDG Target 5.5 - Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
Organisation X has made a contribution to SDG Target 5.4 by funding the reduction of X,000 hours of unpaid domestic work through Project [NAME/NUMBER] issued on [DATE] and to SDG Target 5.5 by providing new permanent employment to YY women within the project boundary. This represents a direct and quantifiable impact on gender equality, monitored, verified and certified by Gold Standard.
The Gold Standard Gender Responsive Framework was created in collaboration with authorities on gender from the World Bank, the International Council for Research on Women, and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
About Gold Standard for the Global Goals
Gold Standard for the Global Goals is a next-generation standard designed to accelerate progress toward climate security and sustainable development. This standard enables initiatives to quantify, certify and maximise their impacts toward the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, with enhanced safeguards, holistic project design, management of trade-offs and local stakeholder engagement to ensure the highest levels of environmental and social integrity.
What defines Gold Standard projects?
Stakeholder inclusion. All projects are developed in line with best practice, following a process that is inclusive of affected stakeholders and ensuring their objectives and concerns are represented.
Safeguard management. All projects are developed in line with best practice, following rigorous safeguards to prevent unintended consequences and manage trade-offs where needed.
Multiple contributions to Global Goals. All projects contribute holistically to at least three Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All impacts are tracked according to robust monitoring plans, verified by an approved independent third party, and certified by Gold Standard. All projects may claim to be “gender sensitive.” Relevant projects may also claim to be “water sensitive."
Transparency. Any and all Certified SDG Impacts or financial products issued from Gold Standard project activities are disclosed in a transparent, third-party registry.
Civil society support. The process followed is endorsed by Gold Standard’s network of NGO supporters who can access and provide input to project reviews.