Building on nearly two decades of experience ensuring environmental integrity and sustainable development in carbon markets, Gold Standard is now applying these quality principles to sustainable finance, providing impact investors -- including philanthropic foundations, corporates, development agencies, governments, or pension funds -- with best practice tools to manage, measure, and maximise impact toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In collaboration with an expert Working Group and built on approaches developed by OECD for Impact Fund Compliance, IFC Compliance, SDG Impact, and others, we have developed Fund Requirements for Certification to Gold Standard for the Global Goals. These new process-centric Requirements guide fund managers and investors in designing funds, implementing investment decisions, and measuring impact for credible, certified impact statements and claims.
The goal for the global community is to scale finance beyond project-level activities to the fund or portfolio level to help close an estimated annual at $2.5 trillion funding gap for the SDGs in developing countries alone*. For investors, this approach helps ensure their funds deliver real, measurable, verified outcomes while also future-proofing their long-term strategies with sustainable, secure investment.