In addition to our internal ESG standards, all our projects are verified by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB).

Our projects also earn Gold level of distinction for various aspects of CCB such as adaptation, biodiversity, and community engagement.

Quantifying and valuing forest and ecosystem ‘services’ requires diligence and scientific rigor. Forest carbon projects have evolved considerably over the past twenty years to meet challenges and concerns about environmental and social impact.

Enormous effort has been made to ensure the integrity and lasting impact of these projects through the development of independent standards such as VCS and CCB. And now leading brands and governments have made forest conservation projects like ours a well-established approach to achieving significant carbon emissions reductions.

The VCS and CCB have robust measures in place to address leakage (ensuring deforestation is not simply intensified elsewhere) and permanence (demonstrating lasting climate benefits).

Each project’s methodology and project design document is transparent and publicly available on the VCS/CCB website.

The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) is a quantitative standard and the world’s most widely used voluntary greenhouse gas programme. Projects certified to the VCS must follow a rigorous assessment process, following which they are able to issue carbon credits.

The requirements help to enforce strict accounting of carbon to make sure that emissions are reductions are really happening and to prevent issues such as double counting of savings or leakage, which means the potential for deforestation not to be prevented only moved to outside a project area.

The VCS Standard requirements include:

  • Accounting methodologies: Projects are assessed using a technical methodology, specific to the project type, to quantify emissions reductions.
  • Registry system: The VCS maintains a detailed registry. This system tracks the generation, retirement and cancellation of all VCS carbon credits, each with a unique serial number.
  • Independent auditing: To ensure that VCS standards are met and methodologies are applied properly, all projects are audited by qualified independent third parties.

Read more about this standard here.

The Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB) is a qualitative standard designed to measure and report wider project benefits beyond emission reductions, specifically biodiversity conservation and benefits to local communities.

Verification to the CCB Standard ensures that projects:

  • make a significant contribution to combating climate change
  • improve livelihoods
  • create employment
  • protect traditional cultures
  • help secure tenure to lands and resources
  • protect biodiversity-rich primary forest and endangered species
  • safeguard a range of ecosystem services such as mitigating flooding, reducing soil erosion and conserving water resources.

Projects verified to the CCB standard may achieve Gold level recognition to exceptional performance in the areas of Adaptation, Biodiversity, and Community engagement.

Read more about this standard here.