How to Make a Claim

VCMI’s Carbon Integrity Claims are made by companies to showcase and communicate climate achievement, above and beyond science-aligned emissions cuts.

Our recent Carbon Integrity 101 webinar series provides companies with step-by-step guidance on how to make a claim. To view webinar content, click here.

Companies that are ready to make a claim are encouraged to do so through the VCMI Claims Reporting Platform.

Why make a Carbon Integrity Claim?

Empowering companies to demonstrate ambitious climate leadership

Carbon Integrity Claims are made by companies to showcase and communicate their climate achievement.

By making a Carbon Integrity Claim, a company leverages high-quality carbon credits to go above and beyond in their climate action, accelerating global net zero. The ‘Carbon Integrity’ Silver, Gold, and Platinum Claims are the first third-party verified claims about carbon credits that companies can make to demonstrate climate achievement.

Carbon Integrity 101

VCMI’s Carbon Integrity 101 webinar series invites companies from around the world to learn how to make Carbon Integrity Claims to accelerate global net zero, above and beyond science-aligned emissions cuts.

This full programme provides a step-by-step deep dive into VCMI’s Claims Code of Practice. Upon completion, participants will be fully equipped with the know-how to make a Carbon Integrity Claim.

How to make a Claim

Following the four key steps for making a Carbon Integrity Claim, as outlined in the VCMI Claims Code, companies should:




Once companies have gone through these four key steps, they may submit all relevant information to the VCMI Claims Reporting Platform to make a Carbon Integrity Claim. This information relates to public disclosure and assurance requirements set out in the VCMI MRA Framework.

The VCMI Claims Reporting Platform

The Claims Reporting Platform supports the VCMI Monitoring, Reporting and Assurance (MRA) Framework which aims to operationalise the VCMI Claims Code by setting out clear procedures for what companies need to do to obtain a Carbon Integrity Claim.

Companies should use the platform to submit all information relating to key disclosure metrics outlined in the VCMI Claims Code, as well as provide evidence to substantiate adherence to each of the requirements to make a specific Carbon Integrity Claim (Silver, Gold, Platinum). Once companies have completed the submission process, they will be given access to the VCMI branding assets (logos) and guidelines and are able to make a Carbon Integrity Claim.

VCMI Claims Reporting Platform


Guide to accessing the VCMI Claims Reporting Platform:

  • Step 1: To access the VCMI Claims Reporting Platform, click here.
  • Step 2: Click on ‘Register Now’ in the sign-up page. 
  • Step 3: You will receive an email indicating that you have successfully registered. Please click on the link in the email to complete the registration process. (Note if the email does not appear in your inbox, please check your junk email).
  • Step 4: Once logged in to the platform, please select the relevant submission form to fill. This will take you to the questions to be filled.  
  • Step 5: Please submit your responses including weblinks and documents where appropriate.   
  • Step 6: Once you confirm you are happy with your responses, click ‘submit’. 
  • Step 7: You should receive an email from VCMI confirming your submission is successful and a link to the branding assets/logos and guidelines will follow suit.

For the detailed step-by-step guide visit:


Download the MRA Framework

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

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