User-Centric Impact Assessment

Environmental Commodities

The combination of the strongest safeguards and highest sustainability impact from Gold Standard for the Global Goals certified by SustainCERT’s user-centric and technology-driven solutions increases the value that environmental commodities can secure in the market.

User-Centric Impact Assessment

Value Chain Impact Certification

Certification of corporate value chain investments

About 40% of the global GHG emissions are driven – or influenced – by companies through their purchases and the products they sell. A growing awareness about other environmental, social and economic externalities, or the impacts of business’ commercial activity to unrelated people or ecosystems, is prompting many companies to initiate activities that make a positive difference. Consumers are increasingly demanding sustainable and traceable products and services. All this calls for rigorous, efficient ways to measure and report on impact.

  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions in the supply chain, recognised by GHG Protocol, for improved reporting to CDP and counting toward Science Based Targets
  • Certified SDG impacts for credible internal and external sustainability reporting, including contributions to ‘net-positive’ goals
  • Embedding sustainability attributes, including emission reductions, deforestation-free, water management, or other claims into products and services for brand differentiation and price premiums
  • Deforestation-free
  • Net-zero carbon
  • No child labour
  • Water-sensitive

User-Centric Impact Assessment

Fund-level Impact Certification

Fund- or portfolio-level

Impact investing is on the rise. New instruments like Climate Bonds and Social Impact Bonds are emerging as ways to finance positive change with greater certainty. However, a lack of credible tools for reporting on impact has led to a risk of green-washing, or its modern successor, “SDG washing.”

Certifying against Gold Standard for the Global Goals for funds investing in sustainable infrastructure and high-impact climate and development programmes helps de-risk investment and enables credible, comparable reporting on climate and sustainable development impacts.

  • Embedded certification requirements in fund’s investment criteria and due diligence for robust but simple early-stage assessment of risks and estimation of development outcomes
  • Pragmatic monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of project performance and aggregation of impact assessment and assurance at fund and portfolio level to streamline certification and optimise costs
  • Potential for monetisation (carbon credits, Renewable Energy Certificates, other Certified SDG Impacts for results-based finance) to attract additional finance to enhance the return profile of investments

Examples of investments suitable for certification include:

  • Infrastructure projects, such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport, or waste management
  • Community-based programmes for energy access, water access, sanitation or health
  • Sustainable land use initiatives, including forestry, agriculture, and ecosystem conservation and restoration