The Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard (SD VISta) is the premier standard for certifying the sustainable development benefits of social and environmental projects. The types of benefits that may be certified range from gender equity to economic development, affordable clean energy to wildlife restoration. SD VISta uses expert, third-party auditors to verify that a project advances the global Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the United Nations.


The SD VISta Program rules define the standards and processes which all projects must follow to be certified. They include Requirements, and Templates and Forms.

These documents are updated periodically. Please check this page to ensure you are using the latest version of a given document.

Requirements documents set out the core principles and criteria for developing projects and generating independently assessed sustainable development benefits and issuing registered SD VISta assets. All SD VISta projects are assessed against these requirements.

Templates and forms are provided to ensure that users of the SD VISta Program have a consistent structure to work from when completing certain documents. These templates are required for the completion of project descriptions, monitoring reports, assessment reports and other required documentation.

SD VISta Projects






Note that as the SD VISta Program rules are revised, previous versions that are no longer in use will be archived here.

SD VISta Sectoral Scopes

Projects, activities or methodologies can be developed under any of the 14 SD VISta sectoral scopes. Additionally, these sectoral scopes have been mapped to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (opens on website).

1. Agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU)
2. Climate change adaption
3. Education
4. Energy
5. Food
6. Governance
7. Health
8. Housing
9. Infrastructure
10. Livelihoods
11. Transport
12. Water Access and Sanitation
13. Oceans and Marine Resources
14. Women’s empowerment


UN Sustainable Development Goals

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-Being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life on Land
  16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships


Projects have the option to generate user-defined SD VISta assets that represent specific sustainable development benefits. To do so, projects must use an approved SD VISta asset methodology to quantify the specific social or environmental benefits that will be issued as assets.


Qualified, independent third-party auditors (validation/verification bodies (VVBs) or Independent Expert Evaluators (IEEs)  are tasked with assessing projects against the SD VISta Program rules and the requirements of the applied methodology. This independent assessment process is critical to ensuring the integrity of the projects registered with the SD VIsta Program.


The Verra Registry is the cornerstone for the implementation of Verra’s standards and programs. It facilitates the transparent listing of information on registered projects and projects pursuing registration, issued and retired units, and enables the trading of units. It is the central repository for all information and documentation relating to Verra projects and credits. The Verra Registry also ensures the uniqueness of projects and credits in the system.


The SD VISta Program is managed by Verra with the support of the Sustainable Development Advisory Group, a multi-stakeholder, cross-sectoral group that helps ensure that SD VISta can promote and advance sustainable development through results-based market mechanisms.
Verra is committed to following ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice in the ongoing development of the SD VISta Program.


Verra provides a Complaints and Appeals Policy that applies to all standards and programs managed by Verra.