Principles and Requirements

100 – Principles and Requirements These resources feature both mandatory requirements and guidelines that all projects must follow, as well as specific requirements that apply only to certain types of project design, such as microscale projects or Programmes of Activities.

MANDATORY FOR ALL PROJECTS: Any project seeking Gold Standard certification must reflect best practice requirements for safeguards, stakeholder inclusivity and sustainable development provisions.
APPLICABLE TO CERTAIN TYPES OF PROJECTS: Depending on project scale or if a project is transitioning to Gold Standard for the Global Goals from an earlier version, additional requirements may apply.


The starting point for all projects seeking Gold Standard certification of any kind. It provides the mandatory Principles & Requirements that all Gold Standard projects must conform to.

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Requirements for conducting a mandatory stakeholder consultation and engaging stakeholders affected by a project on an ongoing basis.

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A step-by-step guide to help project developers conduct stakeholder consultations in an effective and meaningful manner and presents guiding questions to audit and validate the stakeholder consultation process.

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Safeguarding principles and associated requirements that all projects must assess and conform to throughout the certification process.

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Mandatory gender-sensitive procedures/strategies that all projects must conform to. Plus optional gender-responsive guidelines for those projects wishing to quantify and certify specific gender equality (SDG 5) impacts.


Requirements, timings and procedures to transition projects from previous version of Gold Standard to Gold Standard for the Global Goals (GS4GG).

Requirements for designing and implementing a Programme of Activity (PoA) – an 'umbrella' certification under which multiple projects may be developed.

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Specific requirements for micro-scale projects – those projects with less than 10,000 tCO2e in annual emissions reductions.

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Guidelines to assist project developers, partners and funders in communicating accurately and credibly about the benefits derived from Gold Standard projects.