Article on W+ Standard written by Jeannette Gurung and Rebecca Pearl-Martinez was published in the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking (JSFB) on February 2015.
This white paper makes the case for a new and innovative option for a certification system that channels measureable and verifiable benefits directly to women and women’s organizations.
The following assessment was conducted to validate the level of viability of the W+ Standard in the context of the ICS Programme in Lao PDR. The W+ Standard is a certification label that endorses projects that create increased social and economic benefits for women participating in economic or environmental projects. Women’s empowerment is measured through six Domains of the W+ framework: Income, Time, Health, Leadership, Education/Knowledge, Income/Assets, and Food Security.