Continuous Improvement Work Programs

Join our Continuous Improvement Work Programs to help drive up ambition in the VCM

The aim of the Integrity Council is to help ensure that voluntary carbon markets fulfil their potential to accelerate progress on combatting climate change. Its global threshold standard for carbon credit quality, draws on the best science and expertise available, with a view to also ensuring that high-quality carbon credits efficiently mobilise finance towards urgent climate action. 

 After publishing the full Core Carbon Principles (CCPs) Assessment Framework and Assessment Procedure in July 2023, the Integrity Council is now working on continuous improvement. 

Why is continuous improvement needed?

To understand and identify emerging best practices and innovative approaches to addressing key complex issues in the VCM requires work, analysis and expertise. The understandings and reports of the 10 Continuous Improvement Work Programs covering the topics listed below, will feed into the revised version of the Assessment Framework due early 2026.

Who is in the Continuous Improvement Work Programs (CIWPs) and how are they chosen?

We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive membership, including geographical and gender mix and IP&LC representation. Each CIWP core group of experts will reflect a diverse set of knowledge and skills within the topic and subject matter, as well as reflecting diverse stakeholder interests. The groups are populated through:  

  • Open Application – individuals are invited to apply for our Continuous Improvement Work Programs. Expert applicants may be from any sector, such as civil society, environmental non-government organizations, business and public sector. Experts should have specialised and extensive knowledge in the relevant topics of this call and be able to provide evidence of that expertise if required. 
  • InvitationWe may invite certain known professionals to apply to participate in the CIWP and will aim to ensure that individuals are in not more than one CIWP, to ensure broad participation. 
  • ICVCM Expertise – representatives from our Governing Board/Standards Oversight Committee (SOC) and Expert Panel will also take part in the CIWPs, supported by members of our Executive Secretariat 

 All Members will be required to agree to be bound by conflict of interest and confidentiality obligations and adhere to a Code of Conduct.

Topics covered by the CIWPs: 

  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. Sustainable Development Benefits and Social Safeguards (*includes Benefit Sharing) 
  5. Permanence 
  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 

Time commitment

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

CIWPs 1-5 commence in 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.  

Applications open for for CIWPs 6-10

Individuals are invited to identify their respective expertise against a list of relevant criteria for the particular CIWP. We will then conduct a shortlisting process and make recommendations to the board. Meeting invites and further information will be sent to successful candidates.  

*Please note that the work of the Continuous Improvement Work Programs (CIWPs) is not remunerated.


A final summary report of outputs and relevant inputs from each CIWP will be published on the ICVCM website following conclusion of the CIWP process. These reports are advisory only and not binding on the ICVCM, but will serve as an informal record of work done that may be used to inform the next version of the Assessment Framework or other work of the ICVCM.  

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