Gold Standard is a standards body and thought leader that promotes the best that can be achieved in climate and development projects. It was established in 2006 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 sustainable development benefits. Gold Standard now has a broad NGO Supporter Network and 2000+ projects in over 90 countries, creating billions of dollars of shared value from climate and development action worldwide.
Gold Standard is now a benchmark standard and policy thought leader in both compliance and voluntary carbon markets, and is broadening its scope to corporate climate action and sustainable finance. This involves developing standards and guidance to unlock key aspects of targets and reporting, certifying projects and programmes and sharing and advocating for best practices.