Become an Early Adopter

VCMI sets out how companies can credibly engage with carbon markets as part of their broader climate strategies.

VCMI’s Early Adopters Program will highlight and support a select group of corporate climate leaders ready to be recognised for raising their ambition by being one of the first to make a VCMI claim.

We will soon be announcing our 2024 program, which will provide guidance on making Carbon Integrity Claims and be open to all who are interested.

Join us

By participating in this program, Early Adopters will be at the forefront of credible and transparent use of carbon credits, helping to increase climate mitigation and deliver finance where it is most needed while beating a path for others to follow.

For further information about the Early Adopters Program contact .

Why is it worth it?

  • Act now to fight the climate crisis.
  • Demonstrate climate leadership by making transparent and credible claims about voluntary use of carbon credits as part of a comprehensive net-zero strategy commitment.
  • Build reputational, legal and regulatory resilience, reducing the risk of greenwashing accusations.

How will VCMI support you?

  • Support from VCMI Secretariat to understand and facilitate the use of the Claims Code of Practice.
  • Open access to webinars, informational sessions, Q&A, step-by-step guidance, and other educational content.

Who should join?

  • Are you a company or other non-state actor that has an ambitious climate strategy?
  • Do you want to be seen as a climate leader?
  • Are you up for making a VCMI Claim in the coming months or next year?

Join us now to show the world what climate leadership looks like and make a positive impact on the planet. Register your interest via the form below.

Christiana Figueres Global Climate Leader, Costa Rica

“Congratulations to VCMI for the launch of the operable Claims Code of Practice – I would argue that operable is the operative word in the current, very stormy, emissions reduction landscape. At present, corporations that are pursuing climate actions find themselves in the crossfire between those who demand perfection overnight and accuse of greenwashing and those on the other side of the isle who attack the ESG and net-zero commitments – leading to intimidation and green hushing on the part of corporations. The path between the two is very difficult to forge. Increasing scrutiny has to be met with increasing credibility, especially in an unregulated market. Now, we all know that eventually the carbon market will have to become regulated. But in the meantime, it is heartening to see the seriousness with which integrity is being pursued by the VCMI.”

Ali D Mohamed Climate Change Envoy, Kenya

“Kenya welcomes VCMI’s Claims Code of Practice and its clear guidance to organizations on credible use of high-quality carbon credits, towards net zero commitments. As we aim to lead in the supply of these quality units, high demand side integrity will accelerate the flow of carbon finance to all our local communities and foster green economic growth. Our upcoming carbon market regulations will inspire significant investments into impactful voluntary carbon market activities, whilst ensuring strong governance and transparency. We believe the claims code will build trust and contribute to international cooperation towards the 1.5 degree goal.”

Hon. Bogolo Kenewendo Africa Director & Special Advisor, The Climate Change High-Level Champions

“Ladies and gentlemen, I welcome today’s launch of the VCMI’s Claims Code of Practice and I believe that this code has some very key elements that we need in providing further guidance on the foundational criteria and clarity that we need on exactly how it is that we can use carbon credits and how we can ensure that they remain aligned to the Paris Agreement and to our long term climate goals.

I think that this is very important that we understand exactly and build integrity in the market, because as we build integrity and quality in the market, we certainly will create a more energetic market that will have ripple effects towards the communities that are involved in building this carbon market that we are all hoping will not only be beneficial to the climate agenda, but to the sustainable development goals agenda. Thank you.”

The Rt Hon. Graham Stuart Minister of State for Energy Security & Net Zero

“The VCMI is delivering much needed clarity for organizations around the world, so that they can use carbon credits in a meaningful way and build the trust needed for the market to succeed.

Building on today’s launch of the Code of Practice, we will work closely with the VCMI, our international partners and the UK’s world-leading financial sector so we deliver a high integrity voluntary carbon market which accelerates the shift to net-zero on a global basis.”

Hiroshi Ono Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

“This May the G7 leaders endorse the principles of high integrity carbon markets which guide supply, demand and market infrastructure, to improve confidence in carbon markets.

We highly commend the VCMI Claims Code, which will operationalize the principles. Japan will support the development of high integrity carbon markets through the Article 6 implementation partnership.

We look forward to working together with VCMI.”

Ani Dasgupta President and CEO of World Resources Institute

“To meet our global climate and nature goals, we need companies to significantly increase investments outside of their value chains. VCMI’s Claims Code of Practice will begin to address this incentive gap. We hope that the coming years will see VCMI and others scale and direct necessary private sector finance towards activities that benefit people, nature, and climate.”

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