Sustainability standards join forces to scale climate impact

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 25 August 2020: With increasing demand for more sustainable, climate-friendly goods and services, ISEAL member standards are collaborating with Gold Standard to define common practices to calculate carbon reductions and sequestration that companies can easily report against their Science Based Targets or other climate performance objectives.


Supporting stakeholders through the coronavirus crisis

Our Technical Advisory Committee has approved measures that can be adopted by projects to ensure that they are not adversely impacted during the duration of this crisis, while still maintaining credibility and rigour. This guidance is based on a project’s status, commitments and on-ground circumstances and provides alternatives for:


Preety M. Bhandari joins Gold Standard Board of Directors

Ms. Bhandari is the Director for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Division of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC) at ADB and also serves as Chief of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management thematic group. She is responsible for providing policy and strategic direction to ADB’s initiatives on climate change and disaster risk management, including mobilizing concessional financing from multilateral funds such as the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF).


Scaling carbon removals + launch of Soil Organic Carbon Framework Methodology

This expansion starts today. We are delighted to announce the launch of our Soil Organic Carbon Framework Methodology>>  for carbon credit issuance as well as a project-ready Improved Tillage Practices module>>, the first activity-specific module under its banner.


Gold Standard is member of NDC Partnership

The NDC Partnership is a global coalition of countries and institutions collaborating to drive transformational climate action through sustainable development based Nationally Determined Contributions (or NDCs) – each country's strategy to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions and build resiliency against the negative effects of a changing climate.


Swoop partners with Gold Standard

Gold Standard is pleased to partner with Swoop, a Bristol-based agency that specialises in travel to Antarctica, Patagonia and the Arctic, helping close to 3000 customers discover the ends of the earth each year.


First ever Gold Standard certified “gender responsive” project

In recognition of the transformative nature of empowering women as well as the need for gender-specific data to track progress toward meeting SDG 5, the Gold Standard launched its Gender Equality Framework in January 2018.


Summary of Rule Updates and Changes to Standard Documents


A 60-day public consultation to solicit stakeholder feedback was held between 17/06/2019 and 18/09/2019. The comments received during the feedback were consolidated and fed into the Standard’s rule update. The main updates to the standard documents are summarized in table below.





Gold Standard becomes newest associate member of ISEAL

Gold Standard is the first climate-centric standard to reach this status, joining a growing number of initiatives that are driving positive social and environmental change across multiple sectors.