Partners & Supporters

We are grateful to the many partners and supporters who helped found VCS and who continue helping VCS extend its work into new areas.

Founding partners

The Climate Group provided boundless support in the early stages of VCS development.

The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) helped found VCS and is a long-standing partner in promoting carbon markets around the world.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a key VCS partner and important advocate for keeping climate change on the corporate agenda.

Early supporters

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) allowed VCS to include critical clauses of ISO 14064-2 and ISO 14064-3 in VCS requirements.

Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance, and in particular Anne-Marie Warris, contributed boundless time, patience, intelligence and dedication to drafting the first VCS 2007 standard based on guidance from the Steering Committee.

PricewaterhouseCoopers provided early strategic advice to the VCS Board and generous assistance in developing the VCS Association business plan.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation provided generous financial support for the development of VCS.

The European Climate Foundation provided critical short-term gap funding in the early days of the organization, allowing VCS to continue providing much needed technical and logistical support to carbon market participants.

Fundación Chile provided generous support for the first VCS satellite office in Latin America.

AFOLU supporters

The Climate and Land-Use Alliance provided generous support for VCS work to develop jurisdictional and nested REDD frameworks.

The Blue Moon Fund provided critical supporting work for migrant leakage accounting.

The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture and the UK Department for International Development provided critical financial and technical support, enabling the development of the initial framework and requirements for AFOLU projects.

Legal advisors

Clifford Chance generously supported the development of much of the original VCS Program documentation and contracts, including the agreements between VCS and registries and validation/verification bodies.

Hunton & Williams prepared and submitted US articles of incorporation for the VCS Association and the application for recognition of the VCSA as a US non-profit entity.

DLA Piper provided important support with intellectual property and international tax matters.

Individual supporters

VCS Expert Committee members

Dozens of individuals have generously contributed their time and expertise to VCS by participating in VCS expert committees. We also thank our experts’ home organizations – the CDM Meth Panel, the World Bank, Conservation International and others – for sharing their experts with us.

VCS stakeholders

Countless project developers, methodology developers, auditors, registries and buyers and sellers of credits are using VCS to curb carbon emissions. Their work has made the voluntary market the space for innovation it is today.