The Gold Standard Foundation

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The Gold Standard aims to create an equitable world where the planet’s resources are used responsibly and sustainable development brings life-changing benefits to communities everywhere. Our role is ensuring every dollar of environmental and development funding goes as far as it can. To do this, we design the strongest processes that amplify the impact of efforts to deliver clean energy and water, responsibly manage land and forests, and transform lives in local communities. We then verify those outcomes, inspiring greater confidence that drives investment to accomplish even more.


  • 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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