The Gold Standard

The Gold Standard

Governing Organization

Gold Standard Foundation

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Auditing / Certification Body

Gold Standard Foundation

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Assessment Type

Third party assessed by verified bodies

Sectors Covered

Various Sectors

Issues Covered

Carbon, CSR, Environmental Management

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The Gold Standard Foundation (GSF) is an international non-profit organization that operates a certification scheme for premium carbon offsets in both the compliance and voluntary market. GSF issues additional labels to CDM verified Certified Emission Reductions (GS-CERs) and Verified Emission Reductions (GS-VERs) for projects that fall under the voluntary market. Established in 2003 by WWF... more

Key Features

* The Gold Standard can be applied to projects within both the Voluntary and Compliance Carbon Markets.
* The Gold Standard ensures the reduction of carbon
emissions and the delivery of environment, social and
economic benefits to the local communities.
* All Gold Standard projects are continuously Monitored,
Reported and Verified (MRV) for both real and... more

Stakeholder Engagement

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Sustainability Issues

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