Our commitments

Village near Banfora, Burkina Faso (10°58’ N, 4°28’ W) © Yann Arthus-Bertrand / Altitude

The human at the heart of everything we do

We are not all equal when faced with the consequences of global warming. Climate change dramatically affects the poorest countries, which very rarely have the human, technological and financial resources to deal with it.

That is why the GoodPlanet Foundation’s offsetting programmes automatically associate social and economic well-being with adapting to environmental challenges.

The GoodPlanet Foundation only supports projects organised by organisations with a welfare objective (NGOs, local authorities, small businesses, etc.) in the interests of the general public and international solidarity.

Sponsors of projects with strong local attachments are selected to ensure the long-term involvement of the local populations, an essential factor in the effectiveness and efficiency of the actions implemented. Local populations are involved from the outset in order to identify real needs and problems encountered on a daily basis, taking account of local living conditions, sanitary issues, available skills or those that can be improved, cultural, religious and political practices, and the characteristics of the ecosystem.

Transparency and accountability

Although voluntary offsetting is not subject to any regulation, the GoodPlanet Foundation routinely has its carbon offsetting projects assessed and registered with the most stringent international labels, in particular the Gold Standard (GS) and the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS). To be awarded these labels, each stage of the projects is assessed by experts: the relevance and feasibility of the project, the verification and measurement of the actual reduction of emissions over a number of years, the quality of local results and their impact in terms of sustainable development. This approach falls within our overall commitment to:

  • Monitor and measure the long-term technical results ;
  • Promote the extension and/or reproducibility of the projects ;
  • Plan the cooperative processes, evaluate and, where necessary, adjust the impact on the beneficiaries ;
  • Reinforce local skills and empower the beneficiaries ;
  • Ensure the transparent management of the money resulting from the carbon credits: 5% for administrative costs and 95% for the project ;
  • Use the carbon credits in accordance with the quality of the projects implemented ;
  • Provide long-term funding in addition to institutional funding.

The GoodPlanet Foundation does not use any intermediaries to manage the carbon credits resulting from these projects at any stage of the project. In addition, the GoodPlanet Foundation and its technical partners constantly assess and review best practices, changes in standards and the results achieved in the field.

Funding offsetting projects with the GoodPlanet Foundation…

The funding needed for each project varies according to its size and stage of progress, which dictate how the funds are allocated. Other than in exceptional cases, when you offset you cannot choose a specific project; instead, you finance a global portfolio of projects, making it easier to properly allocate the donation to our project teams and deriving maximum benefit from your offsetting.

Please note that in compliance with current legislation in France, voluntary offsetting is not tax-deductible. Once your offsetting amount has been received, however, you will receive an offsetting certificate authenticated by the GoodPlanet Foundation. Tax deductibility remains applicable in the context of project support via environmental philanthropy.