The Development and Climate Alliance offers its supporters a seal, certified by an independent body. The SDGold seal is granted to organisations that campaign for sustainable development and thus, which advocate for development and climate protection in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. Organisations which complete the five steps process receive the seal and can convey their commitment in a credible and transparent way.
The foundation operates as an independent advisor in the area of climate protection and development. As it foes not offer any offset services itself, it can independently assess the progression of “avoid, reduce and offset”. Because the certified commitment of organisations goes far beyond offsetting greenhouse gas emissions. The reduction of emissions is also assessed as a component of the organisation´s climate protection strategy. In a similar fashion, the development impacts achieved for populations in the Global South are taken into consideration.
The commitment to development and the climate assessed in this manner is thus transparent and holistic in the sense of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. With the awarded seal, this can be communicated to the public in an effective way.
More than carbon neutral:
Organisations that are already supporters of the Development and Climate Alliance and fulfil the basic criteria can receive the seal.
The declaration of participation is the first step of your commitment.
Here you can check whether you fulfil the basic requirements, with no obligation and free of charge.
This tool is currently only available in German.
The SDGold seal is awarded to organisations that have plotted the course to sustainable transformation. And as for every course to be covered, reaching the destination is easier when the stretch is divided into stages. Drawing up a greenhouse gas balance is one of these stages. SDGo – Destination SDGold – is an important milestone in the review process. The next step is to assess the goals and measures in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to consider offsetting contributions and to look at development impacts. When the process is completed successfully, the SDGold seal is awarded for three years. It designates companies with “Excellence in Sustainable Development”.