Our Continuous Improvement Work Programs

How we ensure continuous improvement in the voluntary carbon market

Join us on our mission to continually build integrity and transparency in the voluntary carbon market.

After publishing the full Core Core Carbon Principles Assessment Framework and Assessment Procedure in July 2023, we have now started work on continuous improvement. 

The purpose of the Continuous Improvement Working Groups (CIWPs) is to understand and identify emerging best practices and innovative approaches to addressing key complex issues in the voluntary carbon market. The CIWPs will review and strengthen key requirements and explore complex topics of importance to the future of the voluntary carbon market. The reports of the 10 Continuous Improvement Work Programs covering the topics listed below will feed into the revised version of the Assessment Framework due at the end of 2025.


  1. Paris Alignment 1 (Corresponding adjustment)
  2. Paris Alignment 2 (Share of Proceeds for Adaptation (SOPA))
  3. Paris Alignment 3 (Baselines and Nationally Determined Contributions)
  4. Permanence
  5. Sustainable Development Benefits and Social Safeguards (*includes Benefit Sharing)
  6. Digital Measurement, Reporting and Validation (MRV)
  7. Market Transparency, Standardization and Scalability
  8. Oversight of Validation / Verification Bodies (VVBs) and Measurement, Reporting and Validation (MRV) systems
  9. Simplified approaches for small projects
  10. Jurisdictional Crediting Approaches

We are currently accepting applications, and invite individuals to join our roster of experts making up the Continuous Improvement Work Programs (CIWPs) 6 – 10.

Who are we looking for?

We invite individuals with a broad mix of expertise, including policy and technical expertise on the relevant topics to join our roster of experts for the CIWPs. Expert applicants may be from any sector, such as civil society, environmental non-government organisations, business and public sector. Experts should have specialised and extensive knowledge in the relevant topics of the relevant work program, and be able to provide evidence of that expertise if required.

We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive membership, including geography, gender and representation of Indigenous Peoples and local communities. Each CIWP core group of experts will reflect a diverse set of knowledge and skills within the topic and subject matter, and also reflect diverse stakeholder interests.

The individuals who respond to the call for experts will be invited to identify their respective expertise against a list of relevant criteria for the particular CIWP.  We may invite certain known professionals to apply to participate in the CIWP and will aim to ensure that individuals are in no more than one CIWP, which will help ensure broad participation.

Initial placement on the roster will be for a period of two years with a possibility of renewal. 

Members will be required to agree to be bound by conflict of interest and confidentiality obligations and adhere to a Code of Conduct.  We will then conduct a shortlisting process and make recommendations to the Governing Board.

What will be required?

The Continuous Improvement Work Programs will hold virtual 3-hour meetings approximately once a month for approximately six months. 

CIWPs 1-5 commence in January/February 2024 and run until July 2024. 

CIWPs 6-10 will start in Q2 2024 and are expected run to for up to six months 2024. In addition, members should plan for preparation time and time to comment after meetings.

Ready to dive in?

Start your application for CIWPs 6-10 today: