To celebrate the recently-announced partnership with the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), WOCAN is hosting two panel sessions from 1pm to 3pm, on September 20th, at the Hilton Garden Inn - Park Avenue, 45 East 33rd St., NY.
Through WOCAN’s W+ Standard, community development and carbon projects can now add on credible, measurable women’s empowerment co-benefits, providing market differentiation for carbon credits, to drive additional actions to address Sustainable Development Goals, and create opportunities for results-based financing for women’s empowerment.
Who should attend? Anyone with an interest in: Corporate Social Responsibility, Women’s Empowerment, International Aid and Development, Climate Change Impacts and Mitigation, Social Impact Investors, Carbon Project Development, Media.
1:00 – 2:00 – Better Together: Women’s Empowerment Co-Benefits with Carbon Standards
The W+ Standard is the first global standard for measuring and valuing women’s empowerment in project implementation. Designed to be flexible, yet rigorous, the W+ can be applied to new or existing project activities in six domains: Leadership, Health, Food Security, Time, Income & Assets, and Education & Knowledge. Project developers using the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) can now apply the W+ to create labeled carbon credits. Projects using the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and other frameworks can create parallel certification.
Jeannette Gurung, Executive Director, WOCAN
David Antonioli, CEO, V-C-S
Moon Herrick, REDD+ Consultant, Green Climate Fund
Amanda Ellis, Board Member of UN Women’s Empowerment Principle, former Lead, Specialist Gender World Bank
Moderator: Alice Korngold, Author, A Better World: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems …Where Government Cannot
2:00 – 3:00 – Creating New Opportunities: The Value of a Women’s Empowerment Co-Benefit
The W+ Standard provides uniquely measurable, quantifiable women’s empowerment co-benefits. By integrating women’s empowerment activities into project designs, carbon projects can accelerate a virtuous cycle of improved livelihoods, improved project outcomes, and better carbon product differentiation. Carbon project developers with diverse portfolios share their insights on the value of integrating the W+ to measure co-benefits. The availability of the first co-certified units, produced from a CDM registered biogas project in Nepal that was awarded the UNFCCC Momentum for Change award in 2016 will be announced.
Diane Holdorf, Chief Sustainability Officer, VP, Kellogg Company
David Ungar, Executive Director, ACWA Power
Jonathan Shopley, Managing Director, Natural Capital Partners
Ingo Puhl, Director for Strategy, South Pole Group
Moderator: Chris Walker, Director, North America, World Business Council on Sustainable Development