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Carbon Integrity Claims

Get recognized for accelerating global net zero, above and beyond science-aligned emissions cuts.

Claims Code of Practice

VCMI’s Claims Code of Practice provides guidance for companies and other non-state actors to make voluntary use of carbon credits as part of net-zero transitions, and make credible claims.

Scope 3 Claim

VCMI is strengthening its beta Scope 3 Claim with a public consultation. The Claim offers a science-based approach for companies to take action on scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions that remain unabated.

Bain & Co.’s Inaugural Claim

The global management consultancy’s Platinum Claim demonstrates ambitious climate leadership.

Natura Cosmetics’ Platinum Claim

Brazil-based Natura Cosmetics has become the first emerging market business to achieve a Carbon Integrity Platinum Claim.

VCMI partners with CVF-V20

Ensuring the countries most vulnerable to climate change receive the social, environmental, and economic benefits of voluntary carbon markets.

28 March 2024 Submit a VCMI Claim

Companies that are ready to make a Carbon Integrity Claim can now do so through the VCMI Claims Reporting Platform.

At the Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI), we are committed to ensuring everyone understands how carbon credits can help channel climate finance to where it matters most.

We provide guidance for companies and other non-state actors on how they can credibly make voluntary use of carbon credits as part of their climate commitments, and how they can communicate their use of those credits. Our guidance provides clarity, transparency, and consistency on what these commitments and claims mean and will give confidence to all those engaging with voluntary carbon markets.

About VCMI

How companies
can achieve
net zero
emissions?

Demonstrating climate leadership is essential to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. VCMI is proud to work with The Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Markets (IC-VCM), We Mean Business Coalition (WMB), Climate Disclosure Project (CDP), Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) to build integrity in the voluntary carbon market and provide companies with confidence and clarity on the path to net zero.

Our Work

Resources for making a VCMI Claim

30 November 2024 How to make a claim

Leverage high-quality carbon credits to accelerate global net zero.

30 November 2024 Carbon Integrity 101

This webinar series teaches companies to learn how to make Carbon Integrity Claims, step-by-step.

30 November 2024 Claims Reporting Platform

Companies can submit all information through our easily accessible reporting platform.

Access Strategies

VCMI seeks to engage host countries and regions to facilitate participation in voluntary carbon markets in ways which maximize the environmental, social, and economic benefits that carbon finance can bring. Our Access Strategies program delivers holistic technical assistance that complements Paris Agreement frameworks.

“Voluntary Carbon Markets catalyze crucial capital flow into emerging markets, embodying the ‘all hands on deck’ ethos we desperately need. While direct mitigation remains our priority, these markets are vital bridges, channelling resources and efforts where they are most needed. Every action counts, and the leadership of Voluntary Carbon Markets Initiative to foster high-integrity voluntary carbon markets are critical to ensure that the global community can contribute collectively to the biggest challenge humanity has faced.”

Ambassador Patricia Espinosa Former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

“Voluntary carbon markets can be a powerful tool for mobilizing the investment in innovative technologies and actions needed to keep a 1.5 C limit on warming within reach. VCMI is performing a vital service by establishing high-integrity pathways for companies to support stronger climate action while making progress toward their own net zero- goals. By creating sound guardrails for the use of high-quality carbon credits, the new VCMI guidance will provide strong assurance that this finance will help deliver the greater climate action we so urgently need.”

John Kerry U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

“We would like to congratulate the release of additional guidance for the Claims Code of Practice. The additional guidance could contribute to the operationalization of environmental integrity in voluntary carbon markets. We believe the leadership of VCMI can unlock the finances to accelerate the mitigation activities toward net zero by 2050.”

Mr. Yutaka Matsuzawa Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

“The Claims Code of Practice has a vital role to play in building trust in the voluntary carbon markets and giving companies the confidence they need to invest in vital climate action. We look forward to working with colleagues on the Stakeholder Forum to shape the future development of the Code.”

Philip Brady Emergent

Latest news & events

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23 July 2024 Press Release

VCMI announces public consultation on beta Scope 3 Claim

13 June 2024 Insights

To deliver on climate goals, companies must strengthen governance: Ramboll study insights show how and why

13 June 2024 Press Release

The Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative and Climate Vulnerable Forum and its V20 Finance Ministers Partner to Leverage Carbon Markets in Support of Climate Prosperity

10 June 2024 Press Release

Leading global company Natura Cosmetics becomes first emerging market business to achieve a Carbon Integrity Platinum Claim

28 May 2024 Press Release

VCMI welcomes U.S. backing of high-integrity voluntary carbon markets

02 May 2024 Press Release

Statement on recent BBC Panorama documentary

30 April 2024 Press Release

VCMI, Government of Yucatan and Climate Focus partner to provide ‘best practice’ guide for establishing high-integrity VCM projects in Yucatan

18 April 2024 Press Release

VCMI and GenZero Strengthen Collaboration to Advance High-Integrity Market Mechanisms

09 April 2024 Press Release

Statement: VCMI welcomes SBTi’s recognition of environmental attribute certificates for scope 3 abatement purposes

09 April 2024 Press Release

Statement: VCMI’s Scope 3 Flexibility Claim

20 March 2024 Press Release

Why water must be at the heart of climate action – higher emissions than flights and shipping combined

01 March 2024 RfP

VCMI opens request for proposals to improve the methodology for VCMI’s Scope 3 Flexibility Claim

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