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Greetings from CEO
Margaret Kim

I would first like to thank the Gold Standard team and those stakeholders who have reached out to share their warm welcomes and first insights that have helped me get rooted within the organisation and my new home in Geneva.
You can see from the 2018 Annual Report, published below, that I have inherited a strong team, committed partners and a solid foundational strategy to build from. In just over a month with Gold Standard, I've been focused on getting to know the team, governance and current programmes, working to identify opportunities to refine Gold Standard's strategy and how this complements the efforts of our partner organisation, SustainCERT. Coming from a strategy, business development and policy background, I plan to work with the team to position Gold Standard to best respond to the post-2020 policy environment, raising ambition to maximise impact and to strengthen credibility in reporting for our stakeholders.

I'll spend much of August reaching out to stakeholders (who aren't away on holidays!) to discuss our sharpened strategic focus and hone it further for broad distribution in September, including at the UN Climate Action Summit
in New York.

I look forward to engaging with all of you as we move forward with redoubled efforts to realise our vision of 'climate security and sustainable development
for all.'
Margaret (Maggie) Kim


We're pleased to publish our 2018 annual report: Pathways to scale. Having launched Gold Standard for the Global Goals in 2017, last year centered on customising certification pathways and investing in infrastructure that enables the Gold Standard approach to high-impact climate and development interventions to extend beyond project-level activity.

Read more in the annual report>>


Carbon offsetting and Gold Standard have been increasingly featured in mainstream news sources.

We are pleased to let stakeholders know about a collaboration with One Earth, a new journal from publisher Cell Press that is focused on high-quality research that seeks to understand and address today’s environmental challenges. One Earth will offset three tonnes of carbon emissions for every research paper the journal publishes. The first issue of One Earth, will appear online on 20 September 2019.
“…Our authors are conscious of their environmental footprint …,” says Lewis Collins, the Editor-in-Chief of One Earth. “I am delighted that through partnering with Gold Standard we are able to offset some of the unavoidable emissions associated with the work leading to the papers we publish and support the transition to a low-carbon society.”. 

For full press release>>


The current state of sustainable development provisions in the Article 6 'rulebook' negotiations 
Following the 50th Meeting of the Subsidiary Bodies to the UN Climate Convention in Bonn, Sven Braden, Karen Olsen and Marion Verles provide their views for the Sustainable Development Initiative (SDI) on the implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement under the UNFCCC process.

Read commentary>>


Renewable energy eligibility: Second consultation 

To ensure that funding goes to interventions most in need post-2020 when the Paris Agreement comes into force, Gold Standard has proposed new eligibility criteria that restricts carbon credits from renewable energy projects in middle- and higher-income countries but would continue for projects in Least Developing Countries (LDCs) or in limited exceptions. 
 How to get involved 

Understanding that any decision regarding eligibility criteria has a significant effect on prospective project development, we would like to receive your feedback on the proposals that came out of the first consultation.

View the consultation>>

Review first round consultation feedback>>

Standard updates for Gold Standard for the Global Goals 

Following the ISEAL Alliance “Setting Social and Environmental Standards” Code of Best Practice, Gold Standard for the Global Goals is updated on a regular basis to account for broader stakeholder inputs and developments in the sector.
 How to get involved 

This consultation seeks stakeholder feedback on how to improve, simplify or amend the standard and is open until 18 August 2019.  

Comment on the standard>>
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Climate Week NYC
New York, USA
23-29 September 2019

Ethical Corporation - Transform 2019
Amsterdam, Netherlands
16-17 October 2019

UN Climate Change Summit (COP25)
Santiago, Chile
02-13 December 2019