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For ten years, The Gold Standard Foundation has pioneered the way climate change is addressed. Our Reward for Results approach has channelled billions of Euros into 1000 low carbon development projects.

To receive our prestigious stamp of approval all Gold Standard projects must be implemented following our best practice rules, consult with local stakeholders, continually reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the environment and people’s lives. Once certified by The Gold Standard projects are issued credits annually against independently audited climate and sustainable development outcomes. The purchase of these credits – by governments, business, impact investors and individuals – provides on-going funding to project activities.

This Results Based Finance principle shifts the emphasis to outputs rather than inputs or promises and gives the buyers of Gold Standard credits confidence that their money is making a real difference. We measure our success, in turn, on the aggregated positive impacts that our projects deliver to thousands of local communities and the global environment.

With a strong conviction that our climate ‘results based finance’ model can be replicated and adapted, we are pioneering best practice rules and monitoring tools for broader environmental and development outcomes, beginning with water.

WWF calls The Gold Standard its ‘carbon market weapon of choice’ whilst The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation rates the development impacts of Gold Standard projects as ‘supra-normal’.


  • Gold Standard’s Water Benefit Standard Newsletter

    Help shape the Water Benefit Standard: Public consultation The Water Benefit Standard is open for public consultation only until January 1, 2015. Your input will influence the way critical water projects are designed, monitored and certified for years to come – with important implications for the world’s watersheds and the localpeople and biodiversity who inhabit them. If […]
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  • Water Benefit Standard: Public consultation + project proposals

    The Water Benefit Standard, launched at World Water Week in Stockholm, is now open for public consultation through 1 January 2015. The Gold Standard requests broad participation in this review to make the Standard better and bigger. Review the Requirements and participate in the public consultation. Now accepting project proposals Interested in developing a project that will […]
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  • Clean Water Access – WaterHealth India

    WaterHealth India (WHIN) is a wholly owned subsidiary of WaterHealth International, a company that aims at providing scalable, safe drinking water solutions to underserved areas in India through advanced technology and self-sustaining business models based on WaterHealth Centres. These centres are modular structures that house water purification equipment to treat locally available water. Each WHC produces […]
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  • Safe Water Programme in Rural Uganda

    The principle aim of a water access, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project is to create conditions under which risk of waterborne disease transmission are minimised. However, providing a community or school with safe water that improves health conditions is not a matter of simply installing a new, clean source. It is also necessary that communities realise […]
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  • Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI) – AgSri

    Sugarcane will become an increasingly important crop in India in the near future due to increasing demand from sugar consumers and an expansion in the use of sugar-based biofuels. To meet this demand, sugarcane cultivation needs to change radically in order to increase yields and efficient use of water and fertilizers. The Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI), initiated […]
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