Annual Report 2019
We are pleased to have published our 2019 annual report: Partnership for the Goals.
While collaboration has long been a core value for Gold Standard, 2019 marked a special year of partnerships. At the core is our partnership with SustainCERT, our official certification provider. We also worked to deepen existing partnerships and forge new collaborations, from convening working groups to discuss markets in a post-Paris era, to advocating for SD provisions in the Paris Agreement, to engaging companies and investors wanting to demonstrate evidence for their sustainability claims.
Key partnerships and collaborations include:
ENVISIONING THE VOLUNTARY CARBON MARKET POST-2020
We convened a working group of experts, including WWF, CDP, WRI, The Nature Conservancy, Carbon Market Watch, ICROA and other standards bodies, to reflect on how the voluntary carbon market can best contribute to the goals of the Paris Agreement.
SDG IMPACT TOOLS – ENSURING CREDIBILITY
+ COMPARABILITY IN SDG CLAIMS
We launched the SDG Impact Tools Programme to work with project developers to develop tools that ensure credible and accurate SDG impact claims, help standardise impact indicators and enable multiple SDG impacts while minimising the extra burden of Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV).
VALUE CHANGE PROGRAMME
ADDRESSING VALUE CHAIN EMISSIONS
We continued working with the Science Based Targets initiative and corporate partners to develop practical tools for addressing value chain emissions for specific industries, including agriculture and textiles.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
PARIS AGREEMENT, ARTICLE 6
We worked with UNEP-DTU Partnership under the SDI to continue advocating for sustainable development provisions in Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. Publishing climate policy commentary and a new report “Assessment of Sustainable Development Approaches for use in Article 6”.
LAUNCH OF THE NEW GOLD STANDARD IMPACT REGISTRY
In March 2019, we launched our new public registry. The platform now tracks Gold Standard environmental assets and the climate and development impacts of certified interventions in a more intuitive and user friendly way.