W+ measures, quantifies and verifies projects’ impact on women’s empowerment in six areas: Time, Income & Assets, Leadership, Education & Knowledge, Health and Food security.
The measurement of progress on women’s empowerment is verified by an external auditor, and results in W+ units, a quantifiable and realized improvement in a woman’s life. Individuals, companies and investors can buy W+ units, with the guarantee that their purchase supports projects that empower women. In addition, the sale of W+ units generate revenue that is shared with women in project communities, through benefit-sharing mechanisms required by the Standard and agreed upon with the project developer. Women can use this additional revenue as they see best fit to address their needs and opportunities.
Renewable energy with W+ = zero electricity emissions + improvement in women’s life
Companies can combine renewable energy documented with Energy Attribute Certificates (EACs) with W+ and support a project empowering women in developing countries.